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Jennifer Merin

65 Revisited: Looking Back at Bob Dylan

By August 3, 2007

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Back in 1965, documentary director D A Pennebaker followed the then 23-year old Bob Dylan on a three week tour of England, filming the musician’s shift from acoustic to electric guitar, a move not approved by all fans and colleagues, including Joan Baez, who accompanied him on the tour. Not all the footage Pennebaker shot made it into his classic Dylan doc, Don’t Look Back, released in 1967 and long thought by many to be the best rock film ever made.

Good news: some 40 years later, Pennebaker has dug deep into his archives, pulled out great unused footage from that tour and cut a new, intensely insightful (hindsight is 20-20, after all) portrait of Dylan, with additional music, including a great performance of an early Dylan masterpiece To Ramona.

The revisit is called 65 Revisited. Pennebaker is presenting the hour-long film at select venues around the U.S., but it’s also part of New Video‘s recently released box set, which also includes a newly remastered Don’t Look Back and other extras.

Photo: Bob Dylan on tour in 1965 (Photo © Pennebaker Hegedus Films)

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