OPENING NIGHT • TODD HAYNES IN PERSON ► Yes ’n’ how many actors does it take to play Bob Dylan? The answer, my friend, is six — at least in Todd Haynes’s much-anticipated, mind-blowing Dylan biopic! The sextet includes the miraculous Cate Blanchett, who’s female (and received an Oscar nomination); Marcus Carl Franklin, who’s African-American and a child; and the likes of Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, and Ben Whishaw. Not one of them actually plays anyone named Bob Dylan, or even Robert Zimmerman; instead, all are employed, in Haynes’s kaleidoscopic, cubist, out-on-a-limb film, to embody various iconic personas in the history and hagiography of His Bobness. Roger Ebert cited François Girard’s 1993 Canadian masterwork 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould as a precedent for the fragmentized aesthetic strategy Haynes employs here, a dizzying, dazzling multiplicity of forms, film styles, and cultural references. If nothing else — and there is plenty else, and Dylanologists will be debating it for years to come — this inspired, maddening, free-wheelin’ work gives mercurial genius Dylan the uncommon movie treatment he indisputably merits. “A profoundly, movingly personal film, passionate in its engagement with the mysteries of the recent past ... Haynes hurls a Molotov cocktail through the façade of the Hollywood biopic factory” (A.O. Scott, New York Times). Colour, 35mm. 135 mins.
"What Haynes does is take away the reassuring segues that argue everything flows and makes sense, and to show what's really chaos under the skin of the film."Roger Ebert | full review
"The singular haunting beauty of I'm Not There, Todd Haynes' thrilling deep-vision meditation on the music and many lives of Bob Dylan, is that obsession isn't just its fuel — it's the movie's spirit and subject, its driving force."Entertainment Weekly | full review