On Friday, Sept. 23 at Circle Cinema, audiences will see Bob Dylan captured on screen as he never would be again in D.A. Pennebaker’s groundbreaking documentary of the artist’s 1965 tour of England, Don’t Look Back. The film finds Dylan on his final tour as an acoustic artist, where he is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists and shares his journey with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan and Bob Neuwirth. The film features some of Dylan’s most famous songs, including “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” Attending that evening to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards will be Academy Award winning director D.A. Pennebaker.
The Circle Cinema will also host three Dylan films on Saturday evening, September 24. First up is 65 Revisited, which was originally released in 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Dont Look Back. For this film, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus offer audiences another take on a documentary classic by selecting some of the best never-released footage shot during Dylan’s 1965 tour, including previously abridged and omitted performances of “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” and “It Ain’t Me Babe” alongside off-stage rehearsals of an early version of “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry.”
Eat The Document is Dylan’s first directorial effort, an avant-garde travelogue via a hallucinatory assemblage of the 1966 tour footage shot by Pennebaker. In this 1972 release, Dylan intercuts concert performances and rehearsals with loosely scripted scenes that make the film neither fiction nor documentary, but a view of from inside the eye of the storm.
The series closes that evening with Bob Dylan: From The Archive, a program of rare and never-before-seen performances by the artist spanning 1963 to 2003 and held exclusively in The Bob Dylan Archive. Specially prepared for the Dylan On Film event, this program features some of Dylan’s most memorable televised and filmed performances including those shot along the legendary Rolling Thunder Revue and the artist’s world tours. This program provides audiences with a unique opportunity to see firsthand what The Bob Dylan Archive has to offer.
About The Bob Dylan Archive
Comprised of more than 6,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Bob Dylan’s unique artistry, singular career and worldwide cultural significance, The Bob Dylan Archive includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments and many other items. The archive was acquired earlier this year by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) and The University of Tulsa (TU) and is permanently housed in Tulsa under the stewardship of TU’s Helmerich Center for American Research. The Bob Dylan Archive will eventually be housed in the city’s burgeoning Brady Arts District and exhibited to the public. For more information, visit bobdylanarchive.com.