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I'm Not There
     

I'm Not There

4.4 7
Director: Todd Haynes

Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin

 
Director Todd Haynes' 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

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Director Todd Haynes' 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 Dylans 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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Easily the most widely covered movie in director Todd Haynes' output to date, I'm Not There was a strange combination of serious filmmaking -- on a challenging level for the casual filmgoer -- and a mini-media event that, thanks to an unexpected tragedy, also became a major event/film. As demonstrated previously in his Douglas Sirk-influenced Far From Heaven, Haynes is a master of traditional film styles and genres, and here he goes to town exploring the public and private sides of Bob Dylan's life, career, and image -- and the public perceptions of both -- in a dazzling array of styles and tones, many of the latter derived from actual film projects in which the renowned singer/composer has been involved across his career. Haynes also displays a knowing eye for detail in the framing of his different settings -- the cinematic in-jokes that abound elicited more than a little knowing laughter from the original intended audience for this off-beat film, which might best be called a bio-fantasy. Amid the cleverness are some insights that are often overlooked by fans who came late to Dylan's music and mystique: his flaws and errors, which are sometimes a bit disturbing in their depictions, even to those who were aware of them; and also his debt to African-American artists and traditions, explored rather touchingly in the scenes in which Marcus Carl Franklin portrays the young Dylan as he finds his way into the folk music traditions, and the weight that they carried. As an actual portrayal, Cate Blanchett almost steals the picture in her sequences as Dylan in his folk-rock breakthrough era -- and what Haynes does with some of those sequences (including stylistic nods to both D.A. Pennebaker and Richard Lester) is off-handedly delightful on a multitude of levels. The movie is a phantasmagoric mix of biography, legend, rumor, and fantasy that flows seamlessly (and could have run even longer -- there was a lot that wasn't used in the final cut) across over two hours. I'm Not There might have found its audience among moderate-to-dedicated Dylan fans, but a few weeks after it opened, Heath Ledger, who played one of the incarnations of Dylan, died very suddenly. As Ledger lived (and died) only a few blocks from New York's Film Forum, where the movie had premiered (and was still running), his (mostly younger) fans flocked to the film over the next few weeks, and attendance exploded at theaters where the picture had been booked for what might otherwise have been a reasonably successful run. It was a tragic circumstance, but it turned I'm Not There into a much bigger media event than it already was, especially since Ledger's last major (and well-publicized) performance, as the Joker in The Dark Knight, wasn't due for release for months. It wasn't the way that anyone would have wanted this movie to become well known, but it ended up giving Haynes something more than a cult hit, and deservedly so. As a meditation on a ubiquitous, mostly enigmatic and elusive, and sometimes troubling musical and media figure, I'm Not There is about as close to its subject as any movie not made by Dylan himself is likely to get, and offers some cleverly conceived angles on the pieces that comprise its central puzzle.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
UPC:
0796019810906
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
23,964

Special Features

Disc 1:; Feature commentary by director/co-writer Tod Haynes; On-screen song lyrics; An introduction to the film; Disc 2:; Deleted scenes; Alternate/Extended scenes; Outtakes; Auditions; A conversation with Todd Haynes; Making the soundtrack; The Red Carpet premiere; Trailer gallery; Still galleries; Plus a "Dylanography" with filmography, discography, bibliography, chronology

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Jack,Pastor John
Cate Blanchett Jude
Marcus Carl Franklin Woody
Richard Gere Billy
Heath Ledger Robbie
Kris Kristofferson Actor
Ben Whishaw Arthur
Charlotte Gainsbourg Claire
David Cross Allen Ginsberg
Bruce Greenwood Journalist
Julianne Moore Alice Fablan
Michelle Williams Coco Rivington

Technical Credits
Todd Haynes Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Judy Becker Production Designer
Louis Craig Special Effects Supervisor
Jim Dunbar Musical Direction/Supervision
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Elway Executive Producer
Pedro Gandol Asst. Director
John Goldwyn Producer
Andreas Grosch Executive Producer
Douglas E. Hansen Executive Producer
Wendy Japhet Executive Producer
Amy J. Kaufman Executive Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Oren Moverman Screenwriter
Hengameh Panahi Executive Producer
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Pugliese Co-producer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Patrick Rousseau Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
John Sloss Producer
Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
James D. Stern Producer
Christine Vachon Producer
John Wells Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I'm Not There
1. Poet, Prophet, Outlaw, Fake [2:26]
2. Busy Being Born [2:28]
3. Fatalistic Farmer? [1:28]
4. Troubadour of Conscience [1:24]
5. Series of Dreams [1:38]
6. Visions of Robbie & Claire [:11]
7. Love Was in the Air [3:10]
8. Famed Folk Stylist [:49]
9. Fingerpointin' [1:36]
10. Jude Blasts the Disciples [3:54]
11. No Faith to Lose [:25]
12. A Strange Thing Happens Every Day [:52]
13. Million Dollar Bash [1:56]
14. Medicine Sunday [2:07]
15. In the Garden With Coco [3:16]
16. Trying My Best to Be Just Like I Am [1:50]
17. Mister Jones [1:13]
18. Billy the Kid, Revisited [2:50]
19. Lo and Behold [1:24]
20. Sign Language [:31]
21. The Valley Below [2:51]
22. Seven Simple Rules [2:43]
23. Tarantula [2:44]
24. Long Distance Operator [1:49]
25. Waiting up for the End of the World [2:06]
26. Charles Atlas and the Bomb [:09]
27. Trouble in Mind [3:49]
28. Finding a Home in Jesus [:01]
29. Family Photos [1:20]
30. The End of Betrayal [2:05]
31. Every Man's Conscience [:06]
32. Restless Farewell [2:28]
33. Mona Lisa's Highway Blues [:03]
34. I'm Not There [:50]
2. Stuck Inside of Mobile With These Memphis Blues Again [2:28]
3. Nashwille Skyline Rag [1:28]
4. Moonshiner [1:24]
5. Tombstone Blues [1:38]
6. The Times They Are a-Changin' [:11]
7. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll [3:10]
8. I'll Keep It With Mine (Biograph Version) [:49]
9. Cold Irons Bound (Instrumental Version) [1:36]
10. Visions of Johanna [3:54]
11. I'll Keep It With Mine (Instrumental Version) [:25]
12. I Want You [:52]
13. Corrina, Corrina [1:56]
14. When the Ship Comes In [2:07]
15. Blind Willie McTell [3:16]
16. Maggie's Farm [1:50]
17. Positively Fourth Street [1:13]
18. Temporary Like Achilles [2:50]
19. Cold Irons Bound (Vocal Version) [1:24]
20. Simple Twist of Fate [:31]
21. Nashville Skyline Rag (Reprise) [2:51]
22. Ballad of a Thin Man [2:43]
23. Billy 1 [2:44]
24. All Along the Watchtower [1:49]
25. The Man in the Long Black Coat [2:06]
26. One More Cup of Coffee [:09]
27. High Water (For Charley Patton) [3:49]
28. Ballad of Hollis Brown [:01]
29. Goin' to Acapulco [1:20]
30. I Wanna Be Your Lover [2:05]
31. Cold Irons Bound (Medley) [:06]
32. Trouble in Mind [2:28]
33. Pressing On [:03]
34. Idiot Wind [:50]
35. The Man in the Long Black Coat (Reprise) [2:24]
36. I'm Not There (Dylan Version) [3:43]
37. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands [2:07]
38. Mr. Tambourine Man (Harmonica Solo) [1:02]
39. Like a Rolling Stone [5:58]
40. I'm Not There (Sonic Youth Version) [:21]
41. Knockin' on Heaven's Door [2:26]

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I'm Not There 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'M NOT THERE is clearly not a movie for everyone. The concept of the film is experimental, the execution of the 'documentary' is actually an amalgam of the aura and influence of one man in the music world instead of a linear history of a famous singer/poet, and the goal seems more to find the effect of Bob Dylan's chameleon persona on those people with whom he came into contact than it is to relate the story of a fascinating and important American artist. Writer (with Oren Moverman) and Director Todd Haynes ('Far from Heaven', 'Velvet Goldmine') has gathered images, memorabilia, fragments of interviews, and responses from acquaintances and from these he has pieced together a quilt-like panorama of the enigmatic, elusive, ever-changing Bob Dylan. The result is not meant to be a precise history, but instead a 'feeling' for the man who so profoundly influenced American music in the 1960s. Haynes selected several top actors to inhabit various aspects of Dylan's life and times. The Narrator for this both black and white and color film is symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud (Ben Winshaw) who through a series of comments opens the vignettes that reflect Dylan. Eleven- year-old Marcus Carl Franklin radiates the energy of Woody Guthrie when he is suggesting the early formative influences of Dylan. Christian Bale becomes 'Jack Rollins', among the closest of the actors to impersonate the performing Dylan. Heath Ledger embodies the love-life side of Dylan's character with the Claire of Charlotte Gainsbourg while Cate Blanchett comes closest to showing us the inverted personality as Jude Quinn - the name assigned to the character who most resemble Dylan's appearance and talk and physical reactions to the public, the press, and the audience. And as an homage to Dylan's preoccupation with history, the final version of Dylan becomes Billy the Kid (Richard Gere) in the surreal town of Riddle. Other important characters pass through this musical mélange - Julianne Moore comments as Alice Fabian, a Joan Baez-type figure, Michelle Williams becomes Coco for a moment, and Bruce Greenwood has double roles suggesting influences from the height of Dylan's career to his old age. Throughout the film the music of Bob Dylan pervades the soundtrack, the tunes as important as the timely poetry of his lyrical output. The film is as strange as the man who inspired it, and Todd Haynes and his amazing cast of actors give us an impressive slice of our history as well as an appreciation of the aura of the strangely haunting Bob Dylan. In extended featurettes on the CD the director and cast give wonderful insights both into the character of Dylan as well as the concept of creating this amazing film. For some, watching these introductions BEFORE watching the actual movie may enhance appreciation of this art piece. Highly recommended - but the audience must understand this is not a routine movie! Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
Todd Haynes' &quot I'm Not There&quot is an audacious and imperfect portrayal of one of the most enigmatic and important pop culture icons of the 20th century. Haynes utilizes 6 actors/actresses to portray the various personae that Dylan assumed, or reflect an aspect of Dylan's journey through the public view. Dylan's constant obfuscation and misinformation allows for Haynes to riff expressionistically upon the various stages of Dylan's life and career. Unfortunately, some of the stylistic flourishes and insertion of pop culture touchstones often slow the proceedings and impede the excecution of what amounts to an incredibly difficult undertaking. The much-hyped Cate Blanchett performance lives up to billing, but the understated performance of Richard Gere as &quot Billy&quot , is one of the finest of his career, and may come closest to reflecting where Dylan's brilliance an artist is actually mined from.
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