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5.0 out of 5 stars The enigma speaks!, 21 Dec 2005
This review is from: No Direction Home [Bob Dylan] [DVD] (DVD)
I must admit that I had very low expectations about this documentary when it was first presented on TV. His Bobness has always been extremely backwards at coming forwards and I expected a third-person analysis of his life based on research and interviews with contempories. I almost fell off my chair when I realised, from the get-go that Dylan was going to speak directly and honestly about his life and experiences.

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.

I can only hope that what Scorcese has in mind is a "later years" documentary at some point in the very near future.

This documentary delivers on many different levels. A historical document, a trip down memory lane, an explanation of the importance and impact of one man, a reminder that 99% of what we think we know about our muscial icons is largely created by media hype and disinformation. This is the straight scoop and an essential contribution to our understanding of 'the man' and the evolution of contempory music over the last 40 years.
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