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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

Cast overview:
Bob Dylan ... Himself
Albert Grossman ... Himself
Bob Neuwirth ... Himself
Joan Baez ... Herself
Alan Price ... Himself
Tito Burns Tito Burns ... Himself
Donovan ... Himself
Derroll Adams Derroll Adams ... Himself
Jones Alk Jones Alk ... Herself
Howard Alk Howard Alk ... Himself
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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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Official Sites:

Artistic License Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Back See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$27,158
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Leacock-Pennebaker See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes in this film were parodied, shot for shot, in the Tim Robbins film Bob Roberts (1992). These include the "Wife of the Sheriff of Nottingham" scene, and the segment in which Joan Baez is singing "Percy's Song" while Dylan composes on a typewriter in the background. In Bob Roberts (1992), Tim Robbins is updating his investment portfolio on his computer while his lover sings about "Marching For Ourselves". Other unmistakable references include the "Subterranean Homesick Blues" parody and the motorcycle 'accident'. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dylan: [singing] Come gather 'round, people, Wherever you roam, And admit that the waters, Around you have grown, And accept it that soon, You'll be drenched to the bone, If your time to you is worth savin', And you better start swimmin', Or you'll sink like a stone, For the times they are a-changin'...
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Connections

Featured in Storyville: Don't Look Back (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Times They Are A-Changin'
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Dylan
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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