Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back
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In 1965, filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker accompanied Bob Dylan to England to make a film about the singer/songwriter's British tour. At the time, no one could have known how fortuitous Pennebaker's timing would prove to be. Within a few months of this tour, Dylan would forsake his role as The Conscience of Folk Music to pick up a Fender Stratocaster and play rock and roll. Within a year, Dylan would suffer a motorcycle accident that would put him out of commission for nearly 18 months. Recording several brilliant solo performances and capturing a wealth of fly-on-the-wall footage of… More

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"D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 record of Bob Dylan's 1965 English tour is a genuine blast from the past, evoking the 60s like few other documents."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Whether one is a member of the under-30 set that regards Mr. Dylan as a spokesman, or one of the vanishing Americans over that age, this look into the life of a folk hero is likely to be both entertaining and occasionally disturbing."
‑ Donal J. Henahan, New York Times
"It's a classic doc worth savoring for its brilliant bitchiness."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film that gives rockumentaries a good name."
‑ , Film4
"Bob Dylan documentary still thrills in this restored DVD."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"An unforgettable all-access pass behind the scenes of Bob Dylan's '65 British tour, D.A. Pennebaker's landmark 1967 rock doc all but invented the form while presaging the music video."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 film, which invented the rock documentary, is a time capsule from the period when Sgt. Pepper was steamrolling Mr. Tambourine Man."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Dylan courses through like loose mercury, a capricious nightmare, inscrutable jester, brilliant artist"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Essential raw Dylan."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Easily one of the best documentaries on any subject ever made. It is also one of the most cinematically influential."
‑ Craig Marine, San Francisco Examiner
"A fascinating document."
‑ , Time Out
"Unencumbered by voiceover or any sort of forced narrative, the result is an intimate and riveting look at Dylan unfiltered, a portrait of the artist as a 24-year-old superstar."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"The film's greatest incidental pleasures are images of a time when outlaw musicians wore suit jackets and the craggy Dylan was a delicate, unconventionally handsome young man."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Great stuff for Dylan fans or anyone interested in a street level look at a pop culture icon."
‑ Chris Parcellin, Film Threat
"As Pennebaker's film clearly shows, one thing hasn't changed: Dylan only asks questions. You provide the answers."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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