"Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back" (1967) .... Any Good?

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  1. David Von Pein

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    Anyone have this documentary on DVD?

    Good? Bad? Indifferent? ........

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  2. Lew Crippen

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    I think that it is outstanding. Well worth a purchase by anyone interested in Dylan or in how concert tours were organized and functioned back then. Fascinating to watch the backstage activity, the constant music and Dylan wring in the midst of seemingly random activity.

    It also shows him as being (at least back then) as being fairly unpleasant and patronizing towards some people who were just doing their jobs.
     
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    What Lew said, David. If this man's work means anything at all to you, then Pennebaker's documentary is essential. Great disc, too.
     
  4. Marty M

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    I enjoyed this release, as well. My only minor complaint is that I wish there were more complete performances of songs.
     
  5. Michael Were

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    Even if you take away the subject (Dylan who comes across as a smug, pompous punk who still has some undescribable endeering quality), Pennebaker's cinema verite is the first great example of that style of documentary.

    Great flick


    Michael
     
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    A terrific film--photographed during Dylan's 1965 tour of England--and in the same class as THE LAST WALTZ.
     
  7. David Von Pein

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    Thanks for the advice, HTFers. [​IMG]
    Looks like another for the Wish List.

     
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    Heh, I saw a Renaldo & Clara bootleg at a record market on sunday! The four-hour version! [​IMG]

    I really hope that Neil Young releases his great out-there 1972 semi-documentary, Journey Through The Past on DVD in 2004 - that'd be great! [​IMG]

    Don't Look Back is great - a true milestone in Rock movies. The DVD is fantastic.
     
  9. Richard Carnahan

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    quote:

    photographed during Dylan's 1965 tour of England

    Yes...I thought I saw where this was filmed in '65. But it wasn't released until two years later?? Is that correct??

    Yes, I saw and reviewed the film in the summer of 1967. Apparently it took awhile to clear the rights. MONTEREY POP--shot it June '67--wasn't released until 1969 or 1970 for, I assume, similar reasons.
     
  10. Jack Briggs

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    It was in the summer of 1969 for Monterey Pop's release. Correct.
     

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