Both a classic documentary and a vital pop-cultural artifact, D.A. Pennebaker's portrait of Bob Dylan captures the seminal singer-songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter.
Shot during Dylan’s 1965 British concert tour, Pennebaker employs an edgy vérité style. His incredible access to the legendarily private star enables us to witness Dylan’s shifting moods as he performs, relaxes with his entourage and jousts with fans, press and fellow musicians.
It’s a measurement of the filmmaker’s acuity that the conversations are often as gripping as Dylan’s solo performances. A rare and timeless classic.