D. A. Pennebaker

Dont Look Back

Dont Look Back

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price. Featuring 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,” Dont Look Back is a radically conceived portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of vérité behind-the-scenes documentaries.

Film Info

  • D. A. Pennebaker
  • United States
  • 1967
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #786

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director D. A. Pennebaker, with newly restored monaural sound from the original quarter-inch magnetic masters, presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth
  • 65 Revisited, a 2006 documentary by Pennebaker
  • Audio excerpt from a 2000 interview with Bob Dylan for the documentary No Direction Home, cut to previously unseen outtakes from Dont Look Back
  • New documentary about the evolution of Pennebaker’s filming style
  • Daybreak Express (1953), Baby (1954), and Lambert & Co. (1964), three short films by Pennebaker
  • New conversation between Pennebaker and Neuwirth about their work together
  • Snapshots from the Tour, a new piece featuring never-before-seen outtakes from Dont Look Back
  • New interview with musician Patti Smith
  • Conversation between music critic Greil Marcus and Pennebaker from 2010
  • Alternate version of the film’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” cue card sequence
  • Five audio recordings of Dylan songs not used in the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito
    New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director D. A. Pennebaker, with newly restored monaural sound from the original quarter-inch magnetic masters, presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth
  • 65 Revisited, a 2006 documentary by Pennebaker
  • Audio excerpt from a 2000 interview with Bob Dylan for the documentary No Direction Home, cut to previously unseen outtakes from Dont Look Back
  • New documentary about the evolution of Pennebaker’s filming style
  • Daybreak Express (1953), Baby (1954), and Lambert & Co. (1964), three short films by Pennebaker
  • New conversation between Pennebaker and Neuwirth about their work together
  • Snapshots from the Tour, a new piece featuring never-before-seen outtakes from Dont Look Back
  • New interview with musician Patti Smith
  • Conversation between music critic Greil Marcus and Pennebaker from 2010
  • Alternate version of the film’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” cue card sequence
  • Five audio recordings of Dylan songs not used in the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito
    New cover by Eric Skillman
Dont Look Back
Cast
Bob Dylan
Joan Baez
Donovan
Alan Price
Albert Grossman
Bob Neuwirth
Credits
Director
D. A. Pennebaker
Producers
Albert Grossman
Producers
John Court
Producers
Leacock-Pennebaker, Inc.
Camera and editing
D. A. Pennebaker
Assistant camera
Howard Alk
Sound
Jones Alk
Concert sound
J. Robert Van Dyke
Footage of Dylan in Mississippi shot by
Ed Emshwiller

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