Suppositions On Dylan
16 Nov 2007
Since the premiere in Venice on the 21st September, the long-awaited biopic I'm Not There, Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan, written and directed by Todd Haynes, has been received as an enticingly enigmatic film about an equally enigmatic songwriter.
Award-winning director Haynes has attempted to dissect Dylan's persona during pivotal phases of his career using six different fictional characters ranging from the 11-year-old boy 'Woody', played by Marcus Carl Franklin, to the reclusive 'Billy', played by Richard Gere. Particular acclaim has been reserved for Cate Blanchett's award-winning performance (Best Actress, Venice Film Festival), of 'Jude', a portrayal of Dylan in the mid-Sixties during the time he recorded the ground-breaking Blonde on Blonde album and photographer Jerry Schatzberg staged a series of unprecedented photo shoots with him, including the Blonde on Blonde album cover.
Earlier this year, Haynes was in the critic's seat providing his own suppositions on Shatzberg's photographs of Dylan in Genesis Publications' Thin Wild Mercury: "This stunning collection of Schatzberg's most famous sessions is a must for any serious Dylan collector. Before the days of digital photography and airbrush, these exquisite reproductions bring out texture and detail like never before seen. Their powerful simplicity, beauty and humour is sure to dazzle fans and novices alike." - Todd Haynes
I'm Not There is due for general release in the USA on the 21st of November and the UK on the 21st of December, and, after receiving the Grand Jury Prize in Venice, is tipped for further accolades.
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