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Arguably more cinema vérité than documentary, D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back follows four weeks of Bob Dylan’s solo acoustic tour across England in 1965. Virtually absent are the standard documentary conventions of archival or interview footage. Nor is the film a concert picture, with very few live numbers captured in their entirety, and more than half of the film following Dylan backstage and between gigs. Instead the camera acts solely as a fly on the wall and for 96 minutes the viewer watches Dylan ongoing evolution as performer and personality. Here’s hoping he’s evolved since.

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John Marsh on September 3rd, 2006 at 9:16 am 

This movie still packs verite power, allowing us to live with the participants and observe Dylan’s conflict/interaction with the film itself. Less about Dylan as artist and more about ‘dylan-as-object,’ the behavior captured is, well, captivating. Thank god for light cameras and nagras. The dramatic tension dervies from wondering how much Dylan will allow us to see (and what he allows us to see and not see.)

Bill on November 1st, 2006 at 2:18 pm 

Hallo! site the best! :)

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