A Director’s Failed Vision

I’m Not There is a movie that focuses on the many personas of Bob Dylan.  The movie circles around Dylan as a Poet, a Prophet, an Outlaw, a Fake, a Star, and a Generation’s voice.  The film depicts him as Woody, a fake who travels the countryside singing to families.  The viewer also sees Dylan’s persona as a Poet by depicting Arthur as a person who offers words of advice.  The prophet is a portrayal of Dylan as a man who starts out singing and retires to become a prophet.  Robbie is an incarnation of Dylan’s persona as an actor.  The viewer also sees Jude a girl playing a man who is the voice of a generation.  Finally, the viewer is acquainted with Billy the outlaw who lives a reserved, isolated life.

The director could have improved his vision for the film I’m Not There by making a clearer connection between the characters.  The film was all separate narratives that followed separate characters.  This may be confusing to viewers, because they do not realize that the characters are different personas of one person.  If a person has little to no knowledge of Bob Dylan, they will not understand the movie very well.  The only subtle connection made between two characters was when Billy saw an older version of an interviewer he had encountered; an interviewer Jude first encountered.

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2 thoughts on “A Director’s Failed Vision

  1. In contrast to your opinion that the director should have connected the characters better, I actually believe that the director was correct in keeping the characters separate. I think he did this in order to individualize each different aspect of Bob Dylan. I think he wanted to really define the differences between each different characteristic of Dylan, and he did that by keeping each story separate from each.

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