Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Feb 13 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Feb 14 3:30 PM
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Film Info
Event Type:Music Documentary
Release Year:2019
Run Time:142 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Martin Scorsese


“Rolling Thunder Revue: a Bob Dylan Story” captures the spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, Rolling Thunder is a one of a kind experience, from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

In 1975, in an America defined by both the self-mythologizing pomp of the upcoming bicentennial and ongoing sociopolitical turmoil, Bob Dylan and a band of troubadours — including luminaries such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchell — embarked on a now-legendary tour known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, a freewheeling variety show that was part traveling counterculture carnival, part spiritual pilgrimage.

Director Martin Scorsese blends behind-the-scenes archival footage, interviews, and narrative mischief, with a magician’s sleight of hand, into a zeitgeist-defining cultural record that is as much a concert “documentary” as it is a slippery, chimerical investigation into memory, time, truth, and illusion.

At the center of it all is the magnetic Dylan, a sphinx-like philosopher-poet singing — with electrifying conviction — to the soul of an anxious nation.