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I'm Not There (2007)

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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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Todd Haynes

Writers:

Todd Haynes (screenplay), Oren Moverman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Jude
Ben Whishaw ... Arthur
Christian Bale ... Jack / Pastor John
Richard Gere ... Billy
Marcus Carl Franklin ... Woody / Chaplin Boy
Heath Ledger ... Robbie
Kris Kristofferson ... Narrator (voice)
Don Francks ... Hobo Joe
Roc LaFortune ... Hobo Moe
Larry Day ... Government Agent
Paul Cagelet ... Carny / Bell-Hop
Brian R.C. Wilmes Brian R.C. Wilmes ... Circus Man (as Brian RC Wilmes)
Pierre-Alexandre Fortin ... Gorgeous George
Richie Havens Richie Havens ... Old Man Arvin
Tyrone Benskin ... Mr. Arvin
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All I Can Do Is Be Me Whoever That Is


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Germany | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Not There See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$730,819, 22 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,017,609, 28 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,664,116, 28 July 2012
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (partly)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After considering a proposal to shoot the film in Romania (due to it's inexpensiveness), Todd Haynes decided to shoot the film entirely in Montreal. See more »

Goofs

During the Los Angeles home sequences, Claire's/Robbie's telephone number has a 310 area code, which was introduced November 2, 1991. The area code should be 213. 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...
Narrator:
  • even the ghost was more than one person.

Arthur: ...but a song is something that walks by itself.
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Connections

References A Face in the Crowd (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

All Along the Watchtower
Performed by Eddie Vedder and The Million Dollar Bashers
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Dwarf Music (SESAC)
Produced by Lee Ranaldo
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Loving but incoherent homage
16 July 2008 | by FramescourerSee all my reviews

It would be far too simplistic to say that there's an 85 min film starring Cate Blanchett trying to fight its way out of this. I mean, I rather like Haynes' basic conceit of having a dovetailed selection of fictionalised biopic. At one end is the immature, unselfconscious Marcus Carl Franklin as a Woody Guthrielyte; at the other Richard Gere as a schizophrenic samurai of civil rights. In between are conventional characterisations of Bob Dylan from Christian Bale (Julianne Moore entirely acceptable as a Baez-a-like) and an extraordinary cinematic cloning from Cate Blanchett. Heath Ledger's actor and Ben Whishaw's poet-abstraction are less well incorporated into the film's fabric.

In fact, there's simply no fabric to weave into. Total immersion takes over - and its as if there's a seventh character, the over reverent director with his Kristofferson voice-over trying to be Dylan and consuming any clarity there might have been. It's formless, directionless - voiceless.

There's some lovely photography and a great sense for the recreation of period footage as well as a heroic performance from Bruce Greenwood, a useful critic-trope abandoned by Haynes. But this is simply seasoning in a badly undercooked dish. 3/10


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