Dont Look Back (1967)
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I think it makes sense to compare the Bob Dylan doc, Dont Look Back (sic), to A Hard Day's Night (and not just because the Beatles are referenced disparagingly). There's the same frenetic camera work, the same sense that we're seeing candid moments, both have been used to source post-hoc "music videos", both are set on a tour of England, and both broke the mold of the type of film they were making. Except Dont Look Back is a proper documentary and much more counter-cultural in that it doesn't NECESSARILY act as publicity for the act. I guess that really depends on what you think of Dylan as a person. Full access means we see shows, hotel room improvs, business negotiations, shitty drunken moments, and a heck of a lot of Dylan trolling and confronting journalists whose questions he finds stupid. We reach, Bob, we reach. If that makes him your tell-it-like-it-is hero, then great. For others, it will just seem like he's being a jerk for being a jerk's sake. I personally think it's fun, but there's a whole lot of it, and through that, you understand why this CAN'T be a generic talking heads documentary. What questions would Dylan answer meaningfully? Just watch him tour and draw your own conclusions. Is he conceited? Does he only care about the music. Does he have contempt for the circus? Or is he playing a character of sorts? This is the raw truth, unvarnished by interpretation or commentary. I was also amused by the Donovan punchlines, which are just about the only evident "manipulation" of the footage to create an effect.
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This movie ranks #8 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #22 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
This movie ranks #24 in BFI's 100 American Independent Films
This movie ranks #51 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
This movie ranks #229 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #253 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #262 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #392 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #477 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #924 in The Criterion Collection