Dont Look Back

Dont Look Back

Directed by D. A. Pennebaker • 1967 • United States

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D.A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century's greatest artists, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price. Featuring some of Dylan's most famous songs, including "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," DONT LOOK BACK is a radically conceived portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of vérité behind-the-scenes documentaries.

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  • Dont Look Back

    Directed by D. A. Pennebaker • 1967 • United States

    Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D.A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In this wildly ...

Extras

  • DONT LOOK BACK Commentary

    This audio commentary, recorded in 1999, features director D. A. Pennebaker and artist Bob Neuwirth.

  • Dylan on DONT LOOK BACK

    This piece features an audio excerpt from a 2000 interview with Bob Dylan about DONT LOOK BACK, conducted by Dylan’s manager, Jeff Rosen, along with footage from Dylan’s 1965 tour.

  • Greil Marcus and D. A. Pennebaker on DONT LOOK BACK

    This conversation between music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus and director D. A. Pennebaker about DONT LOOK BACK was filmed in 2010.

  • “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Alternate Take)

    The famous sequence that opens DONT LOOK BACK, in which Bob Dylan flips through cue cards with the lyrics of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” on them as the song plays on the soundtrack, was one of three versions filmed. Another version appears in 65 REVISITED. The third one, presented here, was sho...

  • “It Ain't Me, Babe”

  • “It's All Over Now, Baby Blue”

  • “Love Minus Zero/No Limit”

  • “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”

  • “To Ramona”

  • It Starts with Music

    In this 2015 documentary, DONT LOOK BACK director D. A. Pennebaker and collaborators Jim Desmond, Nick Doob, and Chris Hegedus look back at Pennebaker’s first cinematic steps, and how his choice of subjects and filmmaking style grew out of his interest in music and performance.

  • Daybreak Express Introduction

  • Daybreak Express

    Directed by D. A. Pennebaker • 1953 • United States

    Shot in 1953, though not completed until 1957, Daybreak Express was the first film D. A. Pennebaker made, a mad rush of images of New York City captured from a train and edited to the rhythm of Duke Ellington's song of the same name. A jazz afi...

  • Lambert & Co.

    A longtime fan of American jazz vocalist Dave Lambert, D. A. Pennebaker jumped at the chance to film him auditioning a new group of singers at RCA in 1964. The resulting film helped the director understand his artistic mission—as he put it, “Recording people and music as a kind of popular history...

  • D. A. Pennebaker and Bob Neuwirth

    D. A. Pennebaker first met Bob Neuwirth, Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour manager, at New York City’s Cedar Tavern before the tour began. After DONT LOOK BACK, in which he is often seen, Neuwirth became a fixture at Leacock-Pennebaker, Inc., and he worked on various projects with Pennebaker around that time...

  • DONT LOOK BACK: Snapshots from the Tour

    The following 25 minutes of never-before-seen outtakes from DONT LOOK BACK offer further glimpses into Bob Dylan’s historic 1965 tour.

  • Patti Smith on Bob Dylan and DONT LOOK BACK

    In this interview, conducted in August 2015, musician Patti Smith discusses the role Bob Dylan and DONT LOOK BACK have played in her life, as well as tour manager Bob Neuwirth, who served as a mentor early in her career.