Exclusive: Preview of Upcoming 'NYT' Article on Bob Dylan Film

By Mitchell, Greg | Editor & Publisher, October 4, 2007 | Go to article overview

Exclusive: Preview of Upcoming 'NYT' Article on Bob Dylan Film


Mitchell, Greg, Editor & Publisher


The soon to be released Todd Haynes movie "I'm Not There," with six actors playing different versions of Bob Dylan, is already one of the most controversial films of the year. Adding to the anticipation: A cover story in The New York Times Magazine coming this Sunday titled, of all things, "This Is Not a Bob Dylan Movie," by Robert Sullivan.

Indeed, Sullivan declares that the "Dylan film isn't about Dylan. That's what's going to be so difficult for people to understand." E&P got a look at the massive piece today.

"I don't know that it does make sense," says one of the six Dylans, Cate Blanchett, adding, "I don't think the film even strives to make sense, in a way." Richard Gere, another star, comments: "It's kind of, well, cosmic." Dylan declined to be interviewed for the story.

Harvey Weinstein, who is releasing the film (there were once rumors he had major problems with it), says, "Nothing's ever been attempted like this before....I think that in this movie there are scenes and episodes that are amongst the best filmmaking that has taken place in American film....There are other sections that are going to be a little bumpy." He boasts that he will get Blanchett an Oscar nomination or kill himself.

A friend of Haynes, novelist Jon Raymond, tells Sullivan that it is "the story of a personality and a nation....It's a movie about Bob Dylan as the president of America."

Critics who have seen the fractured movie at film festivals have been split - Sullivan suggests that some will find it "a kind of gorgeous indulgence, a bizarre experiment" -- although many agree that Blanchett may get an Oscar nod for her portrayal of wild-haired "electric Dylan.

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