LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Director Martin Scorsese has made his second film about Bob Dylan, and this time the filmmaker has taken a cue from the elusive rock star to weave a fantastical mix of facts and imagination.
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story,” to be released on Netflix and in limited movie theaters on Wednesday, depicts one of the singer’s strangest concert tours – his 1975 U.S. road trip that had the playfulness of an old-time medicine show and a camera crew in tow.
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The Rolling Thunder tour, with an eclectic troupe of performers that included folk singers Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Roger McGuinn, as well as poet Allen Ginsberg and glam rocker Mick Ronson, played in small venues with little advance notice, despite Dylan’s status at the time as a major star.
“It wasn’t a success, not if you measure success in terms of profit. But it was an adventure,” Dylan says in Scorsese’s film.
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Dylan shaped some of the documentary footage into the 1978 film “Renaldo and Clara,” blending it with improvised scenes. It bombed with critics and audiences and was his last attempt at directing.
Scorsese’s film, taken from over 100 hours of footage shot in 1975, echoes the same spirit, mixing commentary from Dylan and Baez with interviews with Sharon Stone and other actors who spin imaginary tales about their supposed involvement with the tour.
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“We are not calling it a documentary,” said Margaret Bodde, one of the producers.
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