I spent last night taking the alternate cut of D.A. Pennebaker’s career defining Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, which is included in the – just released – Don’t Look Back deluxe DVD package. Entitled ’65 Revisited, the film is made up of outtakes from the 1965 tour through England that, in retrospect, coupled with his ’66 output and tour, proved to be a major turning point in Dylan’s career, both artistically and as a performer.
’65 Revisited allows Pennebaker to efficiently paint a parallel universe of the tour illuminating, what, in my opinion, constitutes a more lighthearted side of Dylan than how he was ultimately portrayed in the ’67 release of Don’t Look Back. This makes perfect sense as dark, brooding, characters, whether it be fiction, documentaries or “reality tv,” always make more compelling/interesting viewing.
While ’65 Revisited is certainly no substitute for Don’t Look Back, it is essential-ish for Dylan-philes, myself fully counted. The talent oozing out of the man during this fertile period is just mind boggling. Now, if we could only get a version of the film sans Joan Baez…..
Below: Here is an excuse to post one of my favorite tracks off of Dylan’s Bootleg Series, Vol I-III.