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Thread #84959   Message #1573389
Posted By: GUEST
01-Oct-05 - 10:03 AM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
I agree with you Peter. The film was an exercise in frustration, for the most part. As I said, the beginning of it, up through the Village stuff, was all that interested me much. I felt like I was getting some sense of "the scene" Dylan put himself at the center of--and that does help me understand why he would later ask Sam Shepard to write the script for the Rolling Thunder Revue, which eventually became (to be polite) "Dylan's art film". The focus is ALWAYS on Ginsburg and Guthrie when it is coming from Dylan, I guess.

Remember, this is the film Dylan wanted made. So you would have to ask Dylan why he didn't want it to be about his music. Once again, it was about the stupid icon building crap that Dylan has been obsessed with throughout his career. It would be nice if he would give it a rest for once. But he won't, IMO. We will just have to wait for some biographer with a serious interest in putting Dylan in a realistic, objective context--in his own time, and in an historic context.

The other mystery to me is, as someone alluded to elsewhere (perhaps it was you) why Dylan keeps insisting his songs weren't political or topical. Certainly his early stuff was almost exclusively political and/or topical. Maybe he just doesn't want to consider his "greatest work" has a shelf life.