It divides the life and career of Bob Dylan into numerous segments played by everyone from an African-American child to a woman so that echoes of one life sound absurd in another. I’m Not There’s replication of the day’s standard documentary style and newsreel footage recalls Kane’s “March of Time” pastiche, and the result is a film that begins with the assumption that the subject cannot be demystified and so rejects altogether everything from narrative to continuity in casting.
…Never create anything. It will be misinterpreted. It will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life. And it will never change." I’M NOT THERE is a gleeful explosion of this grumpy outlook; Dylan’s entire public life is the raw material, but Haynes uses his own passions and fascinations to free both Dylan and viewer from the burden of ‘the truth,’ and welcome them into a bigger world.
To call the film biographical is misleading. If anything, it’s a speculative essay that uses Dylan to comment on his audience and the 60s in general. Haynes, a graduate of the semiotics department at Brown University, isn’t really concerned with Dylan as an individual; rather he presents him as a cluster of signs and texts, spread across six characters embodying phases or distinct aspects of his early career.
The first art film I found for myself and therefore holds a very special place in my heart. With one of the greatest pop soundtracks of all time, of course. The truly brilliant piece of brechtian filmmaking and acting is the Cate Blanchett part in which you have to look at the real deal to see the difference.
Over ten years later Haynes audacious and challenging take on the Dylan myth and persona seems even more powerful, interesting and entertaining. Dylan is represented in a number of 'characters' and played by various actors with astonishing results. For the Dylanologist this is nirvana but perhaps might be a little out there for the casual or non-fan. Exceptionally crafted by the director.
With this film Todd Haynes did nothing less than re-invent the biopic genre. He replaced the standard hero narration with a fragmentation of Dylan's identity by tracing different myths and discourses which developped around his person and life. In combining this strategy with changing cinematic techniques and stylistic features he created a multifaceted, multipespectivic view on an important artist.
Blanchett is convincing, am amazed to see her act like that!!one of the six plots I like of this movie, infact the only one I like..the other r just strange& confusing..great music tho..hey its bob dylan!