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.
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
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]
Disc #1 -- I'm Not There Play Movie Scene Selection Scene Selection Song Selection Subtitles & Captions English for the Hearing Impaired Spanish None Intro to the Film Who's Not There: Six Faces of Dylan Tangled up in Clues by Ann Powers Decoding an Entertaining Enigma Notes on I'm Not There by Greil Marcus Special Feature View the Film With Audio Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Todd Haynes: On Proceed View the Film With Audio Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Todd Haynes: Off View the Film With On-Screen Song Lyrics: On View the Film With On-Screen Song Lyrics: Off Sneak Peeks Control Shut up & Sing Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Disc #2 -- I'm Not There Trailer Gallery Theatrical Trailer #1 Theatrical Trailer #2 Unreleased Flash Card Trailer: Subterranean Homesick Blues [Trailer] Play All Whole Cast - Short Version Woody Guthrie - Marcus Carl Franklin Arthur Rimbaud - Ben Whishaw Jack Rollins - Christian Bale Jude Quinn - Cate Blanchett Billy the Kid - Richard Gere Robbie Clark - Heath Ledger Whole Cast - Long Version From the Edit Room Audition Tapes Play All Marcus Carl Franklin Ben Whishaw Deleted Scenes Play All Silver Club Bathroom Mrs. Baker Alternate/Extended Scenes Play All Tombstone Blues Hattie Carroll Goin' to Acapulco Pressing On Outtakes A Tribute to Heath Ledger Look Back The Red Carpet Premiere Making the Soundtrack A Conversation With Todd Haynes Dylanography This Is Not a Bob Dylan Movie The Original Proposal Dylan Chronology Dylan Discography Dylan Filmography Dylan Bibliography Filmmaker's Notebook Still Galleries Woody Arthur Jack Robbie Jude Billy Subtitles & Captions English for the Hearing Impaired Spanish None
I'm Not There 4.4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Todd Haynes' " I'm Not There" 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 " Billy" , is one of the finest of his career, and may come closest to reflecting where Dylan's brilliance an artist is actually mined from.
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