Video Release: June 2, 2009
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Video Group, Inc.
- Runtime: 96 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
The rock and roll documentary that launched a thousand imitations, D.A. Pennebaker's loose shooting style and focused interviewing paved the way for films of this nature; it details Dylan's celebrated 1965 tour of England and features appearances by Joan Baez and Dylan's manager Albert Grossman. The film also includes one-of-a-kind performances of "The Times, They Are a Changin'," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," and "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
A raucous and intimate road movie of Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, BOB DYLAN - DON'T LOOK BACK may be perhaps the most influential rock star documentary of all time. D.A. Pennebaker's trademark cinema verité approach and deeply thorough perspective captures the paradoxical Dylan alternately in moments of confrontational belligerence and contemplative repose, all within the framework of the pop culture hurricane of one of the most publicized concert tours of the mid-1960s. Mobbed by frenzied fans often hurling themselves into traffic, and stalked by confounded journalists and music critics unable to penetrate his carefully evasive yet antagonistic abuses, Dylan takes refuge with his folk contemporary, Joan Baez, and his juggernaut manager, Albert Grossman. As the tour progresses, a pattern in Dylan's modes of expression emerges, offering a precocious glimpse of what would be a constant in his career: his perpetual redefinition of himself. Displaying the enigmatic performer's personae as the folk artist heir apparent to the Woody Guthrie throne, to the electric guitar rock pioneer who turned the Beatles on to pot, DON'T LOOK BACK preserves not only Dylan's musical genius but his inimitable, vital, and profound defiance of definition.
DON'T LOOK BACK was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.
The "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue-card scene was conceived by Bob Dylan.