I'm Not There

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In this lyrical, creative work intended to represent the live and times of legend Bob Dylan, the viewer finds himself allowing his own imagination to roll with the film.  Six different actors represent Dylan at various points in his life and career:  Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, and Ben Wishaw.  While the film is inherently about Dylan, the only time his name appears is in the song credits.  Each phase in his life is fictionalized with another character's name and details, but it is clear that the work is directly about this subtle iconoclast.  My husband is a much bigger fan of Dylan than am I, but throughout the film, he commented constantly about various quotes or settings being exactly spot on.   I liked it because I enjoyed the creative license taken with the characters--such as the African-American child representation of Woody Guthrie.

The Wikipedia article is very thorough in explaining the makings, summary, and inspiration for this film directed by Todd Haynes. IMDb has 11 videos to view related to this film.   One snippet of Cate Blanchett's performance (which won her an Oscar nomination) is below: 


I'm Not There

Posted by Jennifer Cornell at 07/19/2011 10:20:58 AM | 

"I'm more sincere than you are". Love it.
Posted by: ernie clemence ( Email ) at 7/20/2011 2:23 PM

If this film compelled you to further your Dylan knowledge, look no further than No Direction Home, the Martin Scorsese directed documentary.
Posted by: Ryan ( Email ) at 7/21/2011 9:44 AM

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