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06/17/1998 film: Don't Look Back

A few days ago I saw D.A. Pennebaker's film of Dylan, Don't Look Back. I liked its lack of context--you don't know who half the people are; there's no narration; you're just thrown into events. Some of the famed "Dylan's a jerk" scenes seemed tongue-in-cheek to me, although the session with the Time magazine reporter seemed like pointless pseudohip revolutionary posing. Maybe it's just the naïveté of the times--in those days maybe Time magazine and its readers in the straight world actually seemed like the enemy. On the other hand, Time's corporate parent Time Warner and other megamedia conglomerates (along with corporate lobbying interests) have enough control to make them worth watching closely. (I should throw in some links here.)

The style of the film--the there-you-are, noncontextualized freewheelingness--reminds me of that first NPR broadcast in 1970. I talk about this sort of thing at some length on my Reading page.