Tuesday 16 July 2019

Rolling Thunder Revue: 'A grainy snapshot of the watchful, clever, mischievous maestro in his prime'

4 stars

Rolling Thunder Revue, Netflix
Rolling Thunder Revue, Netflix
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

In 1975, Bob Dylan embarked on a raw and ramshackle trans-American tour in the company of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Roger McGuinn, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and others.

Dylan wanted to bypass the huge arenas and connect with the people in smaller, more intimate venues, and as his ragged band honed its act, some unforgettable live performances ensued.

Martin Scorsese’s long but absorbing Netflix documentary uses archive footage to capture this fascinating moment of change in Dylan’s life, while the older, wiser Bob provides hilarious insights and claims he can’t remember most of what happened on the tour.

Scorsese’s film gives us a grainy snapshot of the watchful, clever, mischievous maestro in his prime.

(Netflix, 142mins)

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