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“The real Bob Dylan, whoever he is (let’s call him Robert Allen Zimmerman for argument’s sake), has always publicly been more of an idea than a real person, concealed beneath layers of mythology. In I’m Not There, Haynes and co-writer Oren Moverman take this mythology as a structuring conceit: Here, Dylan is a young African-American boy named Woody Guthrie (Marcus Carl Franklin), who, like his namesake, carries a guitar case labeled “This Machine Kills Fascists”; he is also Billy the Kid (Richard Gere), a Western-style outlaw trying to save Riddle, Missouri, from being demolished to make room for a freeway; he’s the androgynous rock star Jude (Cate Blanchett) who turned his back on his fans and on the idea that music can make a difference; he’s the philandering movie star Robbie (Heath Ledger); he’s the Rimbaud-style poet (Ben Whishaw); he’s the born-again pastor (Christian Bale).”

Click here to read the rest of Chris Wisniewski’s indieWIRE review of Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There.

And we’ve already written a bit on this film, surely among the year’s best—check out Jeff Reichert’s New York Film Festival review as well.

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