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Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967)

Dont Look Back (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 24 February 1968 (Sweden)
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

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D.A. Pennebaker

Writer:

D.A. Pennebaker
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Cast overview:
Bob Dylan ... Self
Albert Grossman ... Self
Bob Neuwirth ... Self
Joan Baez ... Self
Alan Price ... Self
Tito Burns ... Self
Donovan ... Self
Derroll Adams Derroll Adams ... Self
Jones Alk Jones Alk ... Self
Howard Alk Howard Alk ... Self
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Portrait of the artist as a young man. In spring, 1965, Bob Dylan, 23, a pixyish troubador, spends three weeks in England. Pennebaker's camera follows him from airport to hall, from hotel room to public house, from conversation to concert. Joan Baez and Donovan, among others, are on hand. It's the period when Dylan is shifting from acoustic to electric, a transition that not all fans, including Baez, applaud. From the opening sequence of Dylan holding up words to the soundtrack's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," Dylan is playful and enigmatic. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Several people all wrote cue cards for the opening sequence. See more »

Quotes

Journalist: [on the phone, calling in his story] Sentence. He is not so much singing as sermonizing. Colon. His tragedy perhaps is that the audience is preoccupied with song. Paragraph. So the bearded boys and the lank haired girls all eye shadow and undertaker makeup applaud the songs and miss perhaps the sermons. They are there. Colon. They are with it. Sentence.
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Featured in American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
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One of the quintessential rock-umentaries
11 September 2005 | by jake4974See all my reviews

It is my understanding this is one of the first, and in my opinion easily one of the best rock-umentaries ever made. This film is about, possibly the most brilliant and enigmatic pop icon in the last 100 years, during one of the bravest and most dynamic phases of his career. An absolutely wonderful film. I understand that every frame needed Dylan's approval before being released. I applaud him too, as this is not the most flattering portrayal I've ever seen. Actually at times he comes off as a genuine jerk, and I am a monstrous (bordering on irrational) Dylan fan. This is an honest look at a brilliant man, without descending into simple glorification or spin-doctoring. The film has the same sort of "this is how it is, take it or leave it" sensibility that I find Dylan to exemplify. An unrefined gem about an unrefined gem.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Back See more »

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Gross USA:

$27,158
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Leacock-Pennebaker See more »
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1.37 : 1
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