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Queen City Shout presents Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back (1967)

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. (NR, 96 min.)


Wednesday, March 22, 2023

7:00 PM

This screening was made possible by the Queen City Shout Festival.

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.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Genre(s): Documentary, Music

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"Wonderfully revealing and mythologistic."

— William Thomas, Empire Magazine

"A brilliant portrait of a moody and rather mysterious young man."

— George McKinnon, Boston Globe

"Both a great concert movie and an amazing documentary of mid-'60s cutting edge pop culture."

— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"Don't Look Back is a spellbinding portrayal of a gifted artist at the peak of his creative brilliance."

— Nathan Rabin, AV Club

"As an exercise in the unbelievably cool, DA Pennebaker's documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England is unparalleled."

— Kate Muir, Times (UK)

"D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 record of Bob Dylan's 1965 English tour is a genuine blast from the past, evoking the 60s like few other documents."

— Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"An unforgettable all-access pass behind the scenes of Bob Dylan's '65 British tour, D.A. Pennebaker's landmark 1967 rock doc all but invented the form while presaging the music video."

— Jim Ridley, Village Voice

"D.A. Pennebaker's absorbing record of the tour is essentially a study of Dylan under pressure, a man and his guitar, alone on stage, playing to packed houses in dingy town halls. A classic."

— Iain Mckay, The Age (Australia)

"Here's Don't Look Back still looking like the best documentary about a popular artist ever made, revealing a whole lot about what we wanted from Dylan back then, which was something to believe in."

— Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

"By this time we’ve got to know Dylan on whom the film concentrates pretty well -- on the concert platform on the road and in hotels and we’ve come I think to respect him for his unpretentious view of himself as a plain pop singer."

— Patrick Gibbs, Daily Telegraph (UK)