More than four decades into his performing career, Bob Dylan has become a veritable film genre unto himself.
On the heels of Todd Haynes' cinematic fantasia "I'm Not There" and Murray Lerner's recently seen "The Other Side of the Mirror" is this assemblage of outtakes from D.A. Pennebaker's landmark documentary "Don't Look Back." While "65 Revisited," which runs a little more than an hour, essentially feels like the DVD extra it was designed to be, it nonetheless well deserves its exposure on the big screen. It is receiving its theatrical premiere engagement at New York's IFC Center.
The chief stylistic difference between the previous film and this one is that "65 Revisited" pays more attention to the music. While "Don't Look Back" mainly featured truncated performances and snippets, this effort features full renditions, onstage and off, of several Dylan classics and some relative obscurities.
Thus, we are treated to stunning onstage performances by the shaggy-haired performer (who bears a striking resemblance to Cate Blanchett) of such songs as "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," and more casual renditions of numbers like "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" and "Laddie" (the latter a duet with Joan Baez.)
There also are more scenes of the singer interacting with worshipful fans and members of the press, though in this footage he mostly displays a more lighthearted, less surly demeanor. Among the other figures on prominent display are Baez, tour manager Bob Neuwirth, Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, and in a cameo, Nico.
Particularly fun is the film's capper, a rooftop-set variation of the classic cue-card flipping routine during "Subterranean Homesick Blues."