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A Movie We Love: I'm Not There
I'm Not There is an artistic rendering of Bob Dylan’s life in movie form. Director Todd Haynes has six different actors play the part of Bob Dylan as he transitions through different incarnations. Dylan is portrayed as a lover/imitator of Woody Guthrie, a folk singer, an artist playing electric guitar, an actor, a poet, and an outlaw. The result is a stunning and thought-provoking film.
In order to understand the subtlety and depth of this film, it helps to know a little about Dylan’s life beyond his song writing. All of the actors who play Dylan give great performances, but Kate Blanchett’s Dylan blew me away. There are funny moments - look for David Cross as Alan Ginsberg - as well as surreal moments - Kate Blanchett’s Dylan tied to a balloon in a dream sequence and Richard Gere’s Bob Dylan’s strange scene when the animals from the local zoo are roaming free behind him.
I’m Not There is a great movie for artists, lovers of Bob Dylan, and anyone who wants to watch a stimulating and creative film. Enjoy!