Thursday, July 24, 2003

Bringing it all back home

My dear friend George at A Fool in the Forest has gone on in some detail about Bob Dylan's new movie Masked and Anonymous. I just wanted to note that today's Salon (subscription required or click through the ad for a day pass) has a more positive review than has been generally the case by the, sometimes contrarian, Stephanie Zacharek. I think this paragraph sums up her assessment

"...an exhilarating and sometimes puzzling jumble that explores the dangers of power, the nature of Americana and the Bob Dylan myth, among many, many other things. I think the picture is less complicated than it thinks it is -- although perhaps it's complicated in ways that not even its director, Larry Charles (who has worked as a writer and producer on shows like "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You," and directed several episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), or its star (and, reportedly, its screenwriter), Bob Dylan, would be able to explain. But one of the movie's wonders is the way it recontextualizes the work and legend of Dylan -- even at a time when we may begin wondering if there are any new contexts for Dylan at all. And another is the way it reminds us that Dylan is, first if not foremost, a guy with a sense of humor."

Usually any movie that can engender such diverse reactions is worth seeing once. At the very least, just to say you have.

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