No Direction Home [Bob Dylan] [DVD]
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Directed by Martin Scorsese, this intimate portrait of the first five years of Bob Dylan's career includes an archive of never-befor e-seen footage from childhood, from the road and from backstage, as well as previously unreleased interviews. In addition, Bob Dyla n gives his only full length interview in 20 years for this exclusive film biography.
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Along with many long term Dylan fans we have suffered unsatisfactory biographies and conflicting interviews from the big Zee himself and finally we're getting some truth from the man himself. It's like we've had over 40 years of one sided information and now we're finally getting a bit of Mr Dylan's point of view.
It doesn't need saying that this is a must for all dedicated Dylan fans but it is also a good introduction for those new to Dylan's classic period. The coverage of Dylan's friends, colleagues and influences from his early years is exceptional.
I especially liked Joan Baez's contributions showing that she has finally come to terms with Bob's refusal to become a campaigner for human rights and civil lieberties. She now shows that she accepts that Bob was not driven in the same way as she and that their separation was in some ways inevitable.
The only negative is that we don't get complete video recordings of the concert footage in the DVD "performance" section. There is clearly a great archive of footage that is still waiting to be released, especially the 1966 tour, and I for one am still waiting for it!
“Part One” of “No direction home” goes from the late 1950´s to 1963, and deals with the place where Dylan grew, and the kind of music he liked. I found this specially interesting, as I hadn´t heard of Woody Guthrie, Tommy Makem, and others that had an enormous influence on Dylan. I enjoyed watching and hearing him as he developed as an artist, and changed accordingly.
“Part two” covers the period that goes from 1963 to 1966. It is very good, and has great footage of Dylan´s concerts, like “Part one”. The main difference between the two dvds probably is that the second one lacks the kind of explanation regarding the historical context that the first one has. All the same, it is enjoyable, and only obviously in fault when compared to “Part one”.
This documentary includes lots of footage of the young Dylan and comments made by the “old” Dylan, the person that young and gifted man grew up to be. Not only that, but there are also quite a few interviews of people who knew him at one moment or the other, and that help to shed some light on him. The interviews that involve Joan Baez are probably the most insightful regarding Bob Dylan´s character, and his refusal to be trapped in a role as symbol of the left.
I think that if there is a constant in Dylan´s career, it is probably the fact that he refuses to be pinned down, to be anything other than himself, and that is nothing less and nothing more than what he feels like being at the moment. “No direction home” shows that, and I think we should congratulate Martin Scorsese for that. So... thanks, Martin, but please bear in mind I really, really want to watch the sequel :)
Disc 1 is somewhat harder to watch, spending a lot of time talking to other musicians about the music scene in general, lots of live footage of other bands and not enough Dylan. While it is interesting it's more a history of folk music than a Dylan documentary.
Disc 2 follows on but features Dylan far more closely. The documentary includes a vast amount of archive footage that is fascinating to watch. Everything builds until Dylan eventually introduces electric performances to his sets and his fans cry out against him.
I have watched these discs and have a much greater appreciation for Dylan as a songwriter and performer.
It is much to Scorcese's credit that the interviewer never intrudes upon any contributions. There is no narrative, Dylan and others tell their stories in such a way that they flow together to create the fabric of Dylan's lifestory from his beginnings up until 1966. Scorcese captures Dylan at his most personal, even ordinary which does much to remind us that after all, he is just another human being.
In addition Scorcese reminds us by his choice of interviews of the myriad of important contempories who helped forge and shape Dylan's talent, including Joan Baez and Pete Seeger amongst others.
This package contains it all, direct from the horses mouth and supported by a cast of contempories who also speak without restraint (and to their credit, without rancour) about the most influential musician of the last part of the 20th century.
My only complaint is that Scorcese only takes us up to the watershed in Dylan's career forced on him by his biking accident in 1966. Although Dylan admits to us that he was fed up with the scene and needed a break from it at that point in time, an uninformed viewer might think that Dylan's career ended in 1966, although his fans appreciate that he has been continuously creative up to and including the present day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, but PLEASE Mr Pennebaker, if you still have the footage can we have the whole 1966 electric LIVE concert Please!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've quite liked some of Dylan's music for over thirty years now, although I'd never say I was a diehard fan. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. J. Ward
Scorsese unearths some riveting insights into what makes Dylan tick and gets him to talk seemingly freely about the roots of his genius and those "problem" times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas Holt
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