I'm Not There
Whether they are narrative films or documentaries, most biographies of musicians follow a particular pattern: they deliver the life and career of the protagonist in chronological order, often supported by commentary from people who were there. Or they follow a musician during a tour and go onstage and behind the scenes, such as in D. A. Pennebaker's Bob Dylan biopic Don't Look Back. In the Oscar®-nominated I'm Not There, director Todd Haynes takes a very different approach: he portrays the musical mystery that is Bob Dylan using six different actors, each of whom portrays a part of the troubadour's complex personality. The actors (Heath Ledger, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Christian Bale, Ben Whishaw and Cate Blanchett) don't bother trying to look like Dylan – with the exception of the sole female, Cate Blanchett, who bears a striking resemblance to the musician in his younger days – but reveal themselves as the human being, musician, actor and philosopher behind the singer-songwriter. The film is a mixture of fiction and fictionalized documentary, complete with interviews with the main characters and commentary from those around them.
John Goldwyn for John Goldwyn Productions, John Sloss, James D. Stern for Endgame Entertainment, Christine Vachon for Killer Films