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"American Masters" No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

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American Masters: Season 19: Episode 7 -- He is one of the most influential, inspirational and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Now, Academy Award-nominated director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, 1990) brings us the extraordinary story of Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966.
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan: Season 19: Episode 7 -- A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.


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Original Air Date:
3 September 2005 (Season 19, Episode 7)
A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Bob Dylan ... Himself
B.J. Rolfzen ... Himself (voice)
Dick Kangas ... Himself
Liam Clancy ... Himself
Tony Glover ... Himself
Paul Nelson ... Himself

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Dave Van Ronk ... Himself (archive footage)
Maria Muldaur ... Herself
John Cohen ... Himself
Bruce Langhorne ... Himself
Mark Spoelstra ... Himself
Suze Rotolo ... Herself
Izzy Young ... Himself

Mitch Miller ... Himself
John Hammond ... Himself

Pete Seeger ... Himself

Mavis Staples ... Herself
Artie Mogull ... Himself
Harold Leventhal ... Himself

Joan Baez ... Herself

Peter Yarrow ... Himself
Bob Neuwirth ... Himself (as Bobby Neuwirth)

D.A. Pennebaker ... Himself
Al Kooper ... Himself
Bob Johnston ... Himself

Mickey Jones ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Johnny Cash ... Himself (archive footage)
Rick Danko ... Himself (archive footage)

Ossie Davis ... Himself (archive footage)
Lamar Fike ... Himself
Woody Guthrie ... Himself (archive footage)
Carolyn Hester ... Herself
Garth Hudson ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Manuel ... Himself (archive footage)
Greil Marcus ... Himself
Christopher Ricks ... Himself

Robbie Robertson ... Himself (archive footage)
Manny Roth ... Himself
Roy Silver ... Himself
Sean Wilentz ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Produced by
Jody Allen .... executive producer (as Jody Patton)
Paul G. Allen .... executive producer
Margaret Bodde .... co-producer
Barbara De Fina .... executive producer
Guy East .... co-executive producer: UK
Chelsea Hoffman .... associate producer
Susan Lacy .... executive producer
Susan Lacy .... producer
Tia Lessin .... line producer
Jessica Levin .... line producer (as Jessica Cohen)
Gub Neal .... co-executive producer: UK
Jeff Rosen .... executive producer
Jeff Rosen .... producer
Martin Scorsese .... producer
Nigel Sinclair .... executive producer
Nigel Sinclair .... producer
Justin Thomson-Glover .... co-executive producer: UK
Anthony Wall .... executive producer
Anthony Wall .... producer
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
Mustapha Barat (director of photography)
Oliver Bokelberg 
Anghel Decca 
Ken Druckerman 
Ellen Kuras 
James J. Miller  (as James Miller)
James Reed 
Lisa Rinzler 
Michael Alan Spiller  (as Mike Spiller)
Film Editing by
David Tedeschi 
Makeup Department
Kris Ravetto .... makeup artist: Joan Baez
Production Management
Diane Lapson .... production manager
Ellen Pittleman .... executive in charge of production
Lynne Okin Sheridan .... production manager
Debbie Sweeney .... production manager
Art Department
Mark Pollard .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Dave Bihldorff .... sound re-recordist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Keenan .... sound recordist (as Mike Keenan)
Mark Mandler .... sound recordist
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor (as Frederic Rosenberg)
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Eve Arnold .... still photographer
Dennis Brack .... still photographer
John Cohen .... still photographer
John Byrne Cooke .... still photographer
Jerome Corwin .... still photographer
Robert Corwin .... still photographer
Joseph Czerw .... key grip
Paul Daley .... gaffer
Bruce Davidson .... still photographer
Elliott Erwitt .... still photographer
Jan Faul .... still photographer
Barry Feinstein .... still photographer
Stephen Fenerjian .... still photographer
Larry Fink .... still photographer
Nat Finkelstein .... still photographer
David Gahr .... still photographer
Howard Gelb .... still photographer
Douglas R. Gilbert .... still photographer
Burt Glinn .... still photographer
Irwin Gooen .... still photographer
Ed Grazda .... still photographer
Miguel Grinberg .... still photographer
Bertil Hagert .... still photographer
Tom Halstead .... still photographer
Mickey Jones .... still photographer
Mark Kitchell .... still photographer
Daniel Kramer .... still photographer
Danny Lyon .... still photographer
J. Fred MacDonald .... still photographer
Mark Makin .... still photographer
Jim Marshall .... still photographer
Jerry Melrose .... still photographer
Artie Mogull .... still photographer
Alice Ochs .... still photographer
John Orris .... still photographer
Bill Pagel .... still photographer
Bob Parent .... still photographer
George Pickow .... still photographer
Aaron Rennert .... still photographer
Ted Russell .... still photographer
Jerry Schatzberg .... still photographer
Vernon Smith .... still photographer
Norman Vershay .... still photographer
Animation Department
Benjamin Murray .... stills animator
Editorial Department
Brian Batchett .... on-line editing assistant
Justin Krohn .... assistant editor
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Jason Nu .... assistant editor
Scot Olive .... colorist (as Scott Olive)
Damián Rodríguez .... associate editor
Mara Wollong .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Bower .... music researcher
Michael Brauer .... music pre-mix
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor (as Jennifer Dunnington)
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Diane Lapson .... music clearance
Lynne Okin Sheridan .... music clearance
Debbie Sweeney .... music clearance
Other crew
Graham Baquie .... technical supporter
Alison Beckell .... production assistant
Alison Beckett .... production assistant
Joe Beirne .... technical supervisor
Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss .... director: Documentary Productions
Mitch Blank .... hypnotist collector
Kate Blyth .... representative: Vulcan Productions
Michael B. Borofsky .... interview producer
Michael B. Borofsky .... interviews
Andrew Bottomley .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Marianne Bower .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Justin Brennan .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Scott Brock .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Alexander Yves Brunner .... production executive
Alexander Yves Brunner .... representative: Spitfire Productions (as Alex Brunner)
Jane Buckwalter .... project manager
Erin Crackel .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Joanna Davis .... intern
Raffaele Donato .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Richard Dworkin .... transcriptions
Tom Foligno .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Prudence Glass .... representative: American Masters
April Hayes .... photo researcher
Joseph Helmreich .... intern
Joel Hirsch .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Daniel Hoffman .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Ben Holden .... representative: Spitfire Productions
Jason J. Hunke .... representative: Vulcan Productions
Kent Jones .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Lewanne Jones .... additional researcher
Nicole London .... production coordinator
Meg McCarthy .... assistant: Martin Scorsese
Meg McCarthy .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Richard McCarthy .... intern
Mark McElhatten .... research consultant
Freida Orange .... representative: Sikelia Productions
Matthew Paine .... representative: Spitfire Productions
Stephanie Palumbo .... production assistant
Elizabeth Parks .... intern
Nigel Pearson .... business affairs
Dan Porcelli .... technical supporter
Anthony Ripoli .... technical supporter
Ranfi Rivera .... business affairs
Pamela Rosenstein .... representative: Vulcan Productions
Adam Rubin .... intern
Julie Sacks .... representative: American Masters
Matthew Schneider .... technical supporter
Barry Schulman .... representative: American Masters
Eric Schwinn .... IT supporter
Jennifer Senkler .... representative: Vulcan Productions
Anne Sicherman .... intern
Anne Slick .... production assistant
Margaret Smilow .... representative: American Masters
Anthony Stewart .... representative: George Square Trading
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... assistant: Martin Scorsese (as Emma Tillinger)
Andrew Wright .... additional researcher
Stephen Zager .... business affairs
Tobin Armbrust .... special thanks
Oscar Brand .... special thanks
Pip Chodorov .... special thanks
Jay Cocks .... special thanks
Ron Cohen .... special thanks
Don Fleming .... special thanks
Eddie Gorodetsky .... special thanks
Peter Guralnick .... special thanks
Nora Guthrie .... special thanks
Mark Kitchell .... special thanks
Eric Kulberg .... special thanks
Walker Lamond .... special thanks
Murray Lerner .... the director and producers wish to thank: The Following filmmakers for thier extraordinary contribution
Lexy Lovell .... special thanks
Odetta .... special thanks
D.A. Pennebaker .... the director and producers wish to thank: The Following filmmakers for thier extraordinary contribution
Frazer Pennebaker .... special thanks
Michael Perlstein .... special thanks
Robbie Robertson .... special thanks
Morley Safer .... special thanks
Thelma Schoonmaker .... special thanks
John Sloss .... special thanks
Mark Spector .... special thanks
Andy Warhol .... the director and producers wish to thank: The Following filmmakers for thier extraordinary contribution
Brian Wilson .... special thanks
Rick Yorn .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Lacy  creator: American Masters

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
208 min (DVD) | Finland:205 min (2 part TV-miniseries) | Canada:201 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:208 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The black cylindrical case that Allen Ginsberg was resting his hand upon during his interview was a Manfrotto camera tripod case the crew brought along with them for the interview.See more »
Factual errors: When A&R man John Hammond is introduced, Billie Holiday, whom Hammond signed to Columbia Records, is heard singing the anti-lynching protest song "Strange Fruit." In truth, Hammond did not allow Holiday to record "Strange Fruit" for Columbia; she recorded the song for Milt Gabler's Commodore Records instead.See more »
Allen Ginsberg:There is a very famous saying among Tibetan Buddhists: "If the student is not better than the teacher, then the teacher is a failure."
Allen Ginsberg:It's sort of a biblical prophecy.
Allen Ginsberg:Poetry is words that are empowered to make your hair stand on end, that you realize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it, because somebody has realized it. Then you call it poetry later.
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Movie Connections:
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73 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
He's Younger Than That Now, 20 September 2005
Author: hand2handyman from United States

Well, it took a director as great as Martin Scorsese and 45 years of recording, travelling, ramblin' and bein' busy bein' born instead of dyin', but at long last Dylan fans from Dharma to Duluth have a glimpse behind the genius in the dark sunglasses. A remarkable film--for so many reasons that it would take at least 3 1/2 hours (the length of the movie) to list them--but the main reasons anyone with an interest in His Bobness needs to view this film are as follows: 1) Scorsese's direction: Almost 30 years after he chronicled the passing of a musical era with his magnificent film The Last Waltz, Scorsese once again captures musical brilliance and history on film as only someone who truly appreciates Dylan's historical as well as cultural influence could. A Master Director chronicles a Master Musician. 2) Archival footage of everyone you never saw before on film, including Gene Vincent, Hank Williams, and early 60's Greenwich Village pioneers aplenty and of course.. 3) Bob. For reasons known only to himself, Dylan actually speaks on record about his least favorite topic, himself. Along with last year's autobiography, this film reveals far more of the portrait of the artist as a young man than could ever have been anticipated given Bob's notorious closed-mouthed history on his own history.

With Elvis, Ray Charles and John Lennon gone, there are few--if ANY--artists whose historical and musical importance even come near that of Bob Dylan. In No Direction Home, we see as much, if not more, than we are entitled to see about how and why young Robert Zimmerman from Hibbing, MN became the most important songwriter of the 20th century.

He's got everything he needs--he's an artist--but just this once, he DOES look back.

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