I'm Not There (2007)

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TitleI'm Not There
Year2007
CountryCanada, France, Germany, USA
GenreDrama (Movies)
CollectionDance and Music
Run Time2h 7 min
Director

I’m Not There uses a nonlinear narrative, shifting between six characters in separate storylines “inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan“. Each character represents a different facet of Dylan’s public persona: poet (Arthur Rimbaud), prophet (Jack Rollins / Father John), outlaw (Billy McCarty), fake (Woody Guthrie), “rock and roll martyr” (Jude Quinn), and “star of electricity” (Robbie Clark). Production notes published by distributor The Weinstein Company explain that the film “dramatizes the life and music of Bob Dylan as a series of shifting personae, each performed by a different actor—poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity, rock and roll martyr, born-again Christian—seven identities braided together, seven organs pumping through one life story.”

Arthur Rimbaud
19-year-old Arthur Rimbaud is questioned by interrogators. His cryptic responses are interspersed throughout the film, including remarks on fatalism, the nature of poets, “seven simple rules for life in hiding,” and chaos.

Woody Guthrie
In 1959, an 11-year-old African American boy calling himself Woody Guthrie is freighthopping through the Midwestern United States. Carrying a guitar in a case bearing the slogan “this machine kills fascists”, he plays blues music and sings about topics such as trade unionism. One African American woman advises him to sing about the issues of his own time instead. Woody is attacked by hobos and nearly drowns, but is rescued by a white couple who take him in.

Jack Rollins / Father John
The career of folk musician Jack Rollins is framed as a documentary film, told by interviewees including folk singer Alice Fabian. Jack becomes a star of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s, praised by fans for his protest songs. He signs to Columbia Records, but in 1963, just as the Vietnam War is escalating, he stops singing protest songs and turns away from folk music, believing that neither affects real social or political change.

Robbie Clark
Robbie Clark is a 22-year-old actor who plays Jack Rollins in the 1965 biographical film Grain of Sand. During filming in Greenwich Village in January 1964, he falls in love with French artist Claire, and they soon marry. Grain of Sand is a hit and Robbie becomes a star, but their relationship is strained and Claire observes Robbie flirting with other women. She is particularly offended when, during an argument in 1968 over whether the evils of the world can be changed, he opines that women can never be poets.

Jude Quinn
Jude Quinn is a popular former folk singer whose performance with a full band and electric guitars at a New England jazz and folk festival outrages his fans, who accuse him of selling out. Travelling to London, Jude is asked by journalist Keenan Jones if he has become disillusioned or thinks folk music has failed to achieve its goals of sociopolitical change. Jude is attacked by a hotel employee, hangs out with the Beatles, encounters his former lover Coco Rivington, and meets poet Allen Ginsberg, who suggests that Jude “sold out to God.”

Billy McCarty
Outlaw Billy McCarty, believed to have been killed by Pat Garrett, lives in hiding in rural Riddle, Missouri. Learning that Commissioner Garrett plans to demolish the town to build a highway, which has caused several townspeople to commit suicide, Billy confronts Garrett. Garrett recognizes Billy as the outlaw Billy the Kid and has him thrown in jail. He is broken out by his friend Homer and hops into a boxcar on a passing train, where he finds Woody’s guitar.

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Cast:

Christian Bale Christian Bale
Jack Rollins / Pastor John
Cate Blanchett Cate Blanchett
Jude Quinn
Marcus Carl Franklin Marcus Carl Franklin
Woody / Chaplin Boy
Richard Gere Richard Gere
Billy the Kid
Heath Ledger Heath Ledger
Robbie Clark
Ben Whishaw Ben Whishaw
Arthur Rimbaud
David Cross David Cross
Allen Ginsberg
Bruce Greenwood Bruce Greenwood
Keenan Jones / Garrett
Julianne Moore Julianne Moore
Alice Fabian
Michelle Williams Michelle Williams
Coco Rivington
Don Francks Don Francks
Hobo Joe

I’m Not There uses a nonlinear narrative, shifting between six characters in separate storylines “inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan“. Each character represents a different facet of Dylan’s public persona: poet (Arthur Rimbaud), prophet (Jack Rollins / Father John), outlaw (Billy McCarty), fake (Woody Guthrie), “rock and roll martyr” (Jude Quinn), and “star of electricity” (Robbie Clark). Production notes published by distributor The Weinstein Company explain that the film “dramatizes the life and music of Bob Dylan as a series of shifting personae, each performed by a different actor—poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity, rock and roll martyr, born-again Christian—seven identities braided together, seven organs pumping through one life story.”

Arthur Rimbaud
19-year-old Arthur Rimbaud is questioned by interrogators. His cryptic responses are interspersed throughout the film, including remarks on fatalism, the nature of poets, “seven simple rules for life in hiding,” and chaos.

Woody Guthrie
In 1959, an 11-year-old African American boy calling himself Woody Guthrie is freighthopping through the Midwestern United States. Carrying a guitar in a case bearing the slogan “this machine kills fascists”, he plays blues music and sings about topics such as trade unionism. One African American woman advises him to sing about the issues of his own time instead. Woody is attacked by hobos and nearly drowns, but is rescued by a white couple who take him in.

Jack Rollins / Father John
The career of folk musician Jack Rollins is framed as a documentary film, told by interviewees including folk singer Alice Fabian. Jack becomes a star of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s, praised by fans for his protest songs. He signs to Columbia Records, but in 1963, just as the Vietnam War is escalating, he stops singing protest songs and turns away from folk music, believing that neither affects real social or political change.

Robbie Clark
Robbie Clark is a 22-year-old actor who plays Jack Rollins in the 1965 biographical film Grain of Sand. During filming in Greenwich Village in January 1964, he falls in love with French artist Claire, and they soon marry. Grain of Sand is a hit and Robbie becomes a star, but their relationship is strained and Claire observes Robbie flirting with other women. She is particularly offended when, during an argument in 1968 over whether the evils of the world can be changed, he opines that women can never be poets.

Jude Quinn
Jude Quinn is a popular former folk singer whose performance with a full band and electric guitars at a New England jazz and folk festival outrages his fans, who accuse him of selling out. Travelling to London, Jude is asked by journalist Keenan Jones if he has become disillusioned or thinks folk music has failed to achieve its goals of sociopolitical change. Jude is attacked by a hotel employee, hangs out with the Beatles, encounters his former lover Coco Rivington, and meets poet Allen Ginsberg, who suggests that Jude “sold out to God.”

Billy McCarty
Outlaw Billy McCarty, believed to have been killed by Pat Garrett, lives in hiding in rural Riddle, Missouri. Learning that Commissioner Garrett plans to demolish the town to build a highway, which has caused several townspeople to commit suicide, Billy confronts Garrett. Garrett recognizes Billy as the outlaw Billy the Kid and has him thrown in jail. He is broken out by his friend Homer and hops into a boxcar on a passing train, where he finds Woody’s guitar.

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