I'm Not There

    • Todd Haynes
    • United States, Germany, Canada
    • 2007
    • 135 min
    • Based on the Same Story
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    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.


    • 135 min
    • color / black and white
    • 35mm
    • Spoken languages: English
    Todd Haynes
    John Goldwyn for John Goldwyn Productions, John Sloss, James D. Stern for Endgame Entertainment, Christine Vachon for Killer Films
    Ed Lachman
    Jay Rabinowitz
    Todd Haynes
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