Bob Dylan

Dont Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition) [$49.95]

by Ryan Gillespie

19 November 2007

 

Dont Look Back possesses an enigmatic beauty in both the content and form. It’s a landmark film offering an intimate portrayal of the ever mysterious Dylan being, well, ever mysterious, and highlights Pennebaker’s pioneering of cinema verite (the ‘fly on the wall’ style) in American film, documentary or otherwise. The “deluxe edition” reissue is slick: a stylish box set design, the previously out-of-print 168-page companion book (basically the film’s “script”), a novelty (read: mostly ridiculous) flip book of the famous “Subterranean Homesick Blues” cue-card scene, and an extra DVD of bonus material. But extraneous this ain’t. Yes, the companion book, the flip book, the new digital transfer are all nice and to be expected. But the second disc, entitled Bob Dylan 65 Revisited, is as much a masterpiece of filmmaking and Dylan portrait/performance as Dont Look Back itself. In fact, it might even be better. [Amazon]

Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back [Original Theatrical Trailer]

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