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5,148 Ratings

I'm Not There

Directed by Todd Haynes
United States, Germany, 2007
Biography, Drama, Music


Six characters (an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, outlaw Billy the Kid, and the American singer Woody Guthrie) embody the different personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes that chronicle his rise from unknown folk singer to international icon.

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I'm Not There Directed by Todd Haynes

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2007 | 3 wins including: Best Film (CinemAvvenire' Award)

Academy Awards

2008 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Independent Spirit Awards

2008 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Female

2008 | 3 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

It divides the life and career of Bob Dylan into numerous segments played by everyone from an African-American child to a woman so that echoes of one life sound absurd in another. I’m Not There’s replication of the day’s standard documentary style and newsreel footage recalls Kane’s “March of Time” pastiche, and the result is a film that begins with the assumption that the subject cannot be demystified and so rejects altogether everything from narrative to continuity in casting.
November 17, 2015
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…Never create anything. It will be misinterpreted. It will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life. And it will never change." I’M NOT THERE is a gleeful explosion of this grumpy outlook; Dylan’s entire public life is the raw material, but Haynes uses his own passions and fascinations to free both Dylan and viewer from the burden of ‘the truth,’ and welcome them into a bigger world.
November 15, 2013
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To call the film biographical is misleading. If anything, it’s a speculative essay that uses Dylan to comment on his audience and the 60s in general. Haynes, a graduate of the semiotics department at Brown University, isn’t really concerned with Dylan as an individual; rather he presents him as a cluster of signs and texts, spread across six characters embodying phases or distinct aspects of his early career.
November 22, 2007
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