Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back
Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back

Dont Look Again is a 1967 American documentary movie directed by D. A. Pennebaker that covers Bob Dylan’s 1965 live performance tour in England.

In 1998, the movie was chosen for preservation in america Nationwide Movie Registry by the Library of Congress as being deemed “culturally, traditionally, or aesthetically important”.[1][2] In a 2014 Sight & Sound ballot, movie critics voted Dont Look Again the joint ninth finest documentary movie of all time.[3]


The opening scene of the movie has Dylan displaying and discarding a sequence of cue playing cards bearing chosen phrases and phrases from the lyrics to his tune “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (together with intentional misspellings and puns).[4] This was the primary single from his most up-to-date album, and a prime ten hit within the UK when he filmed it there (a truth mentioned within the movie). Allen Ginsberg seems within the background having a dialogue with one other particular person.

The movie options Joan Baez, Donovan and Alan Worth (who had simply left the Animals), Dylan’s supervisor Albert Grossman and his street supervisor Bob Neuwirth. Marianne Faithfull, John Mayall, Ginger Baker, and Allen Ginsberg might also be glimpsed within the background. Notable scenes embrace:

  • Dylan’s prolonged taunting of Time Journal’s London arts and science correspondent Horace Freeland Judson who was subjected to what he believes to be a contrived tirade of abuse from Dylan.
  • Dylan’s interrupting Alan Worth’s backstage efficiency of “Little Issues” to ask Worth why he left the Animals.
  • Dylan and Baez singing Hank Williams songs in a lodge room, in addition to Baez singing the primary few verses of “Percy’s Tune” and “Love Is Only a 4-Letter Phrase” (which was nonetheless apparently unfinished on the time, as Baez later tells Dylan, “If you happen to end it I am going to sing it on a document”; she would document it on Any Day Now in 1968).
  • Dylan’s pre-concert philosophical jousting with a “science pupil” (Terry Ellis, who later co-founded Chrysalis Data).
  • Grossman negotiating with former bebop dance band chief and music agent Tito Burns.
  • Dylan singing “Solely a Pawn in Their Sport” on July 6, 1963, at a Voters’ Registration Rally in Greenwood, Mississippi (shot by artist and experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller).
  • A collection of songs from Dylan’s Royal Albert Corridor efficiency.
  • Dylan regaling the room with “It is All Over Now, Child Blue” at Donovan’s request after proclaiming “Hey, that is tune, man!” throughout Donovan’s efficiency of “To Sing for You”.



  • Bob Dylan
  • Albert Grossman
  • Bob Neuwirth
  • Joan Baez
  • Alan Worth
  • Tito Burns
  • Donovan
  • Derroll Adams


  • Howard Alk
  • Jones Alk
  • Chris Ellis
  • Terry Ellis
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Dorris Henderson
  • John Mayall
  • Brian Pendleton
  • John Renbourn
  • Tom Wilson


D. A. Pennebaker talking at DVD re-release occasion on February 27, 2007

The unique title of this movie is Dont Look Again, with out an apostrophe within the first phrase. D. A. Pennebaker, the movie’s author director, determined to punctuate the title this fashion as a result of “It was my try to simplify the language”.[5] Many sources, nevertheless, have assumed this to be a typographical error and have “corrected” the title to Do not Look Again. Within the commentary monitor to the DVD launch, Pennebaker stated that the title got here from the Satchel Paige quote, “Do not look again. One thing is perhaps gaining on you,” and that Dylan shared this view.


The movie was shot in black-and-white with a handheld 16mm-film digital camera and utilized direct sound, thus creating the template for the “rockumentary” movie style.[6] Manufacturing started when Dylan arrived in England on April 26, 1965 and ended shortly after his closing UK live performance on the Royal Albert Corridor on Might 10.[7] Pennebaker has acknowledged that the well-known “Subterranean Homesick Blues” music video that’s proven at the start of the movie was truly shot on the very finish of filming. Pennebaker determined throughout modifying to position it at the start of the movie as a “stage” for Dylan to start the movie.


The movie was first proven publicly Might 17, 1967, on the Presidio Theater in San Francisco, and opened that September on the thirty fourth Avenue East Theater in New York.

A transcript of the movie, with pictures, was printed in 1968 by Ballantine Books.


The movie has been very properly obtained by critics. It at the moment has a score of 100{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} on Rotten Tomatoes based mostly on 21 evaluations. The movie additionally obtained a 5 star evaluate from allmovie. It has a Metacritic rating of 84, indicating “common acclaim”.[8] In August 1967, a Newsweek reviewer wrote:

Dont Look Again is actually about fame and the way it menaces artwork, in regards to the press and the way it categorizes, bowdlerizes, sterilizes, universalizes or conventionalizes an authentic like Dylan into one thing it could possibly dimly perceive.[9][10]

Kurt Cobain recognized it as the one “good documentary about rock and roll” in a 1992 interview along with his Nirvana band mates, a sentiment with which Dave Grohl concurred.[11]

Dwelling media

Dont Look Again has been launched and re-released on residence video in lots of codecs, from VHS to Blu-ray, over the many years. A digitally remastered deluxe DVD version was launched on February 27, 2007.[12] The 2-disc version contained the remastered movie, 5 further audio tracks, commentary by filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker and Tour Highway Supervisor Bob Neuwirth, an alternate model on the video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, the unique companion e-book edited by D. A. Pennebaker to coincide with the movie’s launch in 1968, a flip-book for a bit of the “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video, and a model new documentary by D. A. Pennebaker and edited by Walker Lamond referred to as 65 Revisited. The DVD packaging was additionally given new paintings.

On November 24, 2015, The Criterion Assortment launched a newly restored 4K switch of the movie on Blu-ray and DVD.[13] The Criterion model contained new particular options.

See additionally

  • Listing of American movies of 1967
  • Pageant – Oscar-nominated live performance documentary from the identical yr additionally that includes Dylan


  • Corridor, Jeanne (1998): Don´t you ever simply watch? American Cinéma vérité and DONT LOOK BACK. In: Grant, Barry Keith/Sloniowski, Jeannette (eds.): Documenting the Documentary. Shut Readings of Documentary Movie and Video. pp. 223–236, Detroit: Wayne St. College Press, ISBN 978-0814326398
  • Saunders, Dave (2007). Direct Cinema: Observational Documentary and the Politics of the Sixties. London: Wallflower Press. ISBN 978-1-905674-16-9. (This e-book incorporates a prolonged chapter on Dont Look Again and its cultural context and significance.)

  • Dont Look Again at IMDb
  • Dont Look Again on the TCM Film Database
  • Overview of 65 Revisited in The New York Occasions.
  • Dont Look Again: Everyone Loves You for Your Black Eye an essay by Robert Polito on the Criterion Assortment
  • Don’t Look Again essay by Daniel Eagan in America’s Movie Legacy: The Authoritative Information to the Landmark Films within the Nationwide Movie Registry, A&C Black, 2010 ISBN 0826429777, pages 623-624 [1]

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