Rolling Stone - 09/22/2005 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s Dylan moves from acoustic troubadour to electric surrealist, both black-and-white film and the world itself explodes into color....Highly inspiring."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/30/2005
"[T]he director's take on his subject is valid and powerful."
Premiere - 11/01/2005 4 stars out of 4 -- "For everyone who has loved Bob Dylan but been frustrated by 40 or so years of the great songwriter's artful obfuscation about his life and music, this Martin Scorsese documentary will be irresistible."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2005
"[S]pellbinding and moving..."
Rolling Stone - 12/01/2005 Ranked #22 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[This] is worthy of a time capsule."
Description by OLDIES.com:
He is one of the most influential, inspirational and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Now, Academy Award-nominated director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, 1990) brings us the extraordinary story of Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. With never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and rare concert performances, it's the definitive portrait fans the world over have been anticipating for decades: the untold story of a living American legend.
Spawning both politically charged folk ballads that came to embody the very spirit of the turbulent 1960s ("The Times They are a-Changin") and sprawling, stream-of-consciousness litanies that irrevocably changed the face of rock music ("Like a Rolling Stone"), the years between 1961-1966 were inarguably the most artistically fertile for legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Director Martin Scorsese--who had previously worked with Dylan on the Band's farewell concert film THE LAST WALTZ (1978)--crafts an unprecedented exploration of the musician's creative process during this crucial five-year period with the historical PBS documentary event NO DIRECTION HOME. Part of PBS's AMERICAN MASTERS series, the film is the first ever film biography of the enigmatic, near-reclusive Dylan, who grants Scorsese his first full-length interview in 20 years for a startlingly intimate and endlessly revealing portrait of a true American icon.
Bookended by his early days in the legendary Greenwich Village folk scene and the 1966 motorcycle accident that nearly claimed his life, Dylan's exclusive interview is supplemented with a wealth of archival footage that includes personal home movies from his childhood in Minnesota; unreleased interviews with colleagues Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Maria Muldaur; and rare live performances of classics like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." In addition, the Bob Dylan Archives opens its extensive film, tape, and stills collection for never-before-seen concert and television appearances (including the infamous "electric" set at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival) and outtakes from D.A. Pennebaker's acclaimed 1967 documentary DON'T LOOK BACK. The result is a richly visual counterpart to Dylan's bestselling memoir CHRONICLES: VOLUME 1 that stands as a cinematic testament to the life and work of one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.
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