Pennebaker later presents us with the film’s strongest image: Bob Dylan staring into a mirror backstage, his guitar held up firmly by the strap over his shoulder. He appears to be fumbling with his shirt or his tie, trying to adjust something (what, exactly, is unclear). Dylan looks into the mirror for a long time, concentrating, searching for something he can’t seem to find. It’s as if he doesn’t understand what he sees. That, to put it mildly, is the plain and simple truth.
February 01, 2008