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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.

Director:

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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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, the title is not a reference to the lyric "She's an artist, she don't look back" from the song "She Belongs to Me". Pennebaker stated that he hoped Dylan knew he wouldn't do that. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dylan: [reading a news article about himself] Puffing heavily on his cigarette, he smokes 80 a day.
[laughs]
Bob Dylan: I'm glad I'm not me.
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Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.160 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
(uncredited)
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Bob Dylan
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Check out the DVD if you have the opportunity
8 February 2000 | by rommiejSee all my reviews

If you're a Bob Dylan fan, do yourself a favor and rent the DVD version of "Don't Look Back." It includes an optional audio track of commentary from director D.A. Pennebaker and Bob Neuwirth, Dylan's pal and "tour manager" who was along for the ride on the '65 tour of England this film documents. Their thoughts are interesting, often insightful, occasionally hilarious and shed some light on the movie's more esoteric moments. For example, I never realized the extended hotel room scene of Dylan playing the piano was Bob actually _writing_ a piece of music. You'll probably learn something even if you've read all the books (Benson, Heylin, etc.). Oh, and it turns out Albert Grossman _loves_ the way he's portrayed in the movie, according to Pennebaker. Plus there's a fun alternate version of the "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video (which, for the kids out there, was copied in the '80s by INXS for their "Mediate" video) that was shot in a park somewhere, in which Dylan has even less control of the cards than he does in the final cut. Ginsberg is in the background of this one, too.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$27,158
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Leacock-Pennebaker See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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