Monday, September 23, 2013

Dont Look Back

Don't Look Back is D.A. Pennebaker's coverage of Bob Dylan's 1965 concert tour of Britain, where the documentarian was granted what appears to be total access to the iconic folk singer at the apex of his popularity (and on the cusp of his much maligned shift to electric). This grainy, incredibly photographed film features great concert footage and offers an otherwise unflattering portrait of Dylan who, whether humiliating reporters, evading their questions, or acting rude to hotel workers or his coterie, comes off as smarmy, petulant, and irritating.