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I'm Not There (2d-2007)

Director(s): Todd Haynes

Theatrical Release: 2007

Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julianne Moore

Genre(s): Drama, musical, biography

Countries: USA, Germany (East/West)

Location in store: American Directors > Todd Haynes

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Ant Rating
Running Time: 135m.

Director Todd Haynes's unconventional biopic of the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan features different actors playing the part of the Minnesota native at various stages of his remarkable career. Among the actors playing the singer are Cate Blanchett, who portrays the man during his Don't Look Back era incarnation; Heath Ledger, as an actor playing one of the fictional Dylan's in a movie within the movie; Christian Bale, as the Dylan beginning to chafe at being associated so strongly with political causes; Richard Gere, portraying the post-motorcycle accident period; and Marcus Carl Franklin as the young Dylan who passed himself off as the second coming of Woody Guthrie. Each section of the film not only has a different lead actor, but offers different looks that reflect various aspects of popular culture at the time. (


2-DVD Collector's Edition Special Features:

! Feature commentary by director/co-writer Tod Haynes

! On-Screen Song Lyrics

! An Introduction to the film

! Deleted Scenes

! Alternate/Extended Scenes

! Outtakes

! Auditions

! A Conversation with Todd Haynes

! Making the Soundtrack

! The Red Carpet Premiere

! Trailer Gallery

! Still Galleries

! "Dylanography" with filmography, discography, bibliography, chronology

Member Reviews

Me Neither by DocDude - September 7, 2010
I lasted less than ten minutes watching this film about Bob Dylan.

The filmmaker, Todd Haynes, normally a go to guy, thought it a clever approach to have a bunch of different actors (and actresses) play Mr. Zimmerman at various periods of his life.

As a huge Bob Dylan fan, there's not much I won't watch or read or listen to pertaining to his life and art - except this piece of self-indulgent filmmaking. I found it presumptious of Mr. Haynes to inflict himself and in fact, monopolize the life story of the legendary songwriter. Ultimately, the director is an interloper.

It's hard to make a film about Bob Dylan boring, suffacating, pretentious, meandering and pointless, but Mr. Haynes succeeds on all counts. In telling Dylan's story, he imposes his own artistic musings on the life of an artist far his superior - in fact on a genius and legend. The equivalent of one painting his own version of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" - then using the Ken Burns effect to pan along it, and calling that a film about the life of Van Gogh.

Rent D.A. Pennebaker's 1965 definitive Dylan doc "Don't Look Back," in which the famed documentarian simply puts the camera anywhere near Dylan, allowing the viewer to easedrop and drink-in the man, the legend, the music - that is Bob Dylan.

As far as this film, "I'm Not There." Me neither.

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