(USA/Germany, 2007, 134 minutes)
A biographical fantasia on the life and times of celebrated singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Not so much a standard biopic as a filmed essay on Dylan's cultural significance and identity shifts, with the singer being portrayed by six different actors according to the period and only the loosest narrative arc to join them all together. It's hard not to admire the ambition and the craft put into the film, but whether you will appreciate it comes down to your knowledge and appreciation of Dylan.
Celluloid Dreams World Sales presents an Endgame Entertainment/Killer Films/John Wells/John Goldwyn/VIP Medienfonds 4 production, in association with Rising Star and Grey Water Park Productions. Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Gainsbourg, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams. Directed by Todd Haynes; produced by James D. Stern, John Sloss, John Goldwyn, Christine Vachon; screenplay by Todd Haynes and Oren Moverman, based on a story by Todd Haynes; director of photography (colour and b&w, widescreen), Edward Lachman; production designer, Judy Becker; costume designer, John Dunn; film editor, Jay Rabinowitz.