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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

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Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All I Can Do Is Be Me Whoever That Is

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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28 November 2007 (Canada)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£58,491 (UK) (21 December 2007)

Gross:

$4,001,121 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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In the "Jude" storyline, when Jude Quinn is revealed to have originally been Aaron Jacob Edlestein in high school, the picture shows Christian Bale although the "Dylan" in this storyline is played by Cate Blanchett. See more »

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During the sequence when Robbie and Claire buy the motorcycle, Robbie gets out of the car to sit on the motorcycle and even though he locks the car, he leaves the headlights on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: There he lies. God rest his soul, and his rudeness. A devouring public can now share the remains of his sickness, and his phone numbers. There he lay: poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity. Nailed by a peeping tom, who would soon discover...
Jude: A poem is like a naked person...
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  • even the ghost was more than one person.



Arthur: ...but a song is something that walks by itself.
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References Fellini's Casanova (1976) See more »

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I'm Not There
Performed by Sonic Youth
Written by Bob Dylan
Produced by Sonic Youth and John Agnello
Published by Dwarf Music (SESAC)
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Bob Dylan's 2007th Dream
22 November 2007 | by (Maui) – See all my reviews

Take all the music, everything you've heard, read, seen in documentaries about Bob and throw them in a blender and pull them out and what you get is "I'm not there" And it's a tasty concoction of a movie that comes off like a dream of everything that's publicly known about his life. Perhaps even Bob himself dreaming about the course of his life. The more you do know about what's out there about Bob the more you'll be able to make the connections with the scenes in this beautiful montage about the poet, songwriter, and musician genius of the last 60 plus years. This is a great film about a very complicated artist who could never be pinned down as representing any one ideology or persona although he seemed to imply many. I suppose Dylan will always be the great enigma and this film only helps to perpetuate it, which is part of what makes it so successful but as we all now know there's no success like failure and failure's no success at all.


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