Don’t Look Back

Director: D. A. Pennebaker

Directed by one of the pioneers of cinema verite, D. A. Pennebaker’s legendary film follows Bob Dylan and his entourage of helpers and hangers-on as they struggle with the rigors of a breakneck tour of England in 1965. The attendant press and entourage look to Dylan for answers (‘Do you read the Bible?’) which he doesn’t provide, being too busy with his metamorphosis from nice folk singer to withdrawn rock star. The abiding memories of Don’t Look Back are a lack of privacy, dull cliques, drunkenness, very insecure British artists (Donovan, Alan Price), and Dylan’s bored, amused sparring with anyone trying to point him in the direction of Damascus.
U.S.A., 1967. Black and white. 96 mins.

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