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Guardian Interview: Todd Haynes

Guardian Interview: Todd Haynes

Directed by Todd Haynes, one of whose early films told the tragic tale of Karen Carpenter using glove puppets, “I’m Not There” is the first cinematic attempt to tackle the epic landscape that is Dylan’s life and work. It is a wildly experimental film whose extravagantly staged, but often determinedly confusing, approach is as far away from the tired terrain of the traditional biopic as it is possible to go. “I wasn’t that interested in, you know, the truth,” elaborates Haynes, sounding for a moment like his subject, “nor in taking the straight biopic approach. Instead, I wanted to track Dylan’s creative imagination and where it took him and how his life mirrored that imagination, or propelled it, or followed it. It’s essentially my take on those moments in Dylan’s development where his music and the events of his life intersected.”

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