Movie Review
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By: Bob Kotyk
2005-09-28



Posted 09/28/2005 - 08:39:52 PM by PeteGuy:
 Excellent commentary on an excellent piece of film-making. There was so much to take from the film its hard to know where to start but to spew few thoughts, memorable bits for me were; how opportunist and what a canny cat Dylan is - whether it be capatilzing on Woddie Gutherie's mantle or poaching his mates record collection. The shock of Dylan 'going electric' is captured expertly - havign read about it on a number of occasions I found it hard to imagine such ferocity directed at him, but the archive footage from Newport, Newcastle and around was visceral in the extreme. Incredible stuff. So too was the shear mass of archive footage - great to see such wonders as Leadbelly, Cash and even Ginsberg in their prime. The bits that stole it for me though was the one-liners in reaction to the feverish and OTT line of questioning from the press. Reporter: 'So, Mr Dylan can you tell me how many protest singers, exactly, are ploughing a similar furrow in your own vineyard...' Dylan: '136' Reporter: 'Are you sure?' Dylan: 'I forget, it may actually be 142'. Absolute genius! It is no wonder he became so fickle/contemptuous of the media. I wonder whether that Motorcycle crash was faked after all...
 
Posted 09/30/2005 - 09:26:54 AM by diemythtruth:
 i only saw bits of it but they were great bits. journos and (being a paddy) irish autograph hunters incredibly bothersome and embarrassing. how about the lad going on about dylan wearing the triumph motorcycle shirt on the front of his record! surreal stuff. the 'like a rolling stone' was a major spine-tingler, the play it fuckin loud line and performance. not long enough though, they cut the song i think. wish i'd seen the mlk piece of it.
 
Posted 09/30/2005 - 04:39:31 PM by JimFitz:
 diemythtruth - out in Cork last night and everybody who had seen the documentary commented on the autograph hunters. ugh.