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I'm Not There
- Cate Blanchett

Overview - Todd Haynes (VELVET GOLDMINE, FAR FROM HEAVEN) delivers this dazzling, experimental take on the life of popular music's most revered and enigmatic artist: Bob Dylan. In keeping with the impossible-to-pin-down nature of Dylan himself, Haynes chose to cast six different actors to portray several incarnations of the groundbreaking troubadour.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Todd Haynes (VELVET GOLDMINE, FAR FROM HEAVEN) delivers this dazzling, experimental take on the life of popular music's most revered and enigmatic artist: Bob Dylan. In keeping with the impossible-to-pin-down nature of Dylan himself, Haynes chose to cast six different actors to portray several incarnations of the groundbreaking troubadour. The result is a challenging, sprawling work that spans several decades and genres. Woody (Marcus Carl Franklin) is a young black child with a folk music obsession; Jack Rollins (Christian Bale) is an upstart folksinger whose protest songs have ignited an entire generation; Arthur (Ben Wishaw) is a Rimbaud-esque figure who has begun to embrace a new form of lyrical poetry; Robbie (Heath Ledger) is a well-known actor whose marriage to the lovely Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) crumbles under the weight of his lifestyle; Billy (Richard Gere) is a slippery frontiersman who echoes Dylan's infatuation with the Old West and American folklore; and, finally, there is the substance-abusing, confrontational Jude (Cate Blanchett), who represents Dylan in the turbulent mid-1960s. Much in the same way that Dylan appropriated a vast array of musical styles to create his own vernacular, Haynes does the same thing with I'M NOT THERE, using his expansive knowledge of movie history to pay homage to a variety of movements and genres (Godard, Fellini, Lester, etc.). The typically extraordinary cinematographer Edward Lachman outdoes even himself this time around, incorporating so many different visual styles that it's impossible to decide which is the most beautiful. While the cast all fare well in their roles, it is Cate Blanchett who runs away with the picture, proving once again that she is one of the finest actors the movies have ever seen.

Cast List

John Goldwyn - Producer, HOT ROD
Wendy Japhet - Executive Producer, THE ITALIAN JOB (2003)
Philip Elway - Executive producer, I'M NOT THERE
David Cross - Comedian, MR. SHOW
Todd Haynes - American Director/Editor
Christine Vachon
Hengameh Panahi - Executive Producer, THE WORLD (2004)
John Wells - Writer/Producer, WHITE OLEANDER (2002)
Heath Ledger - Australian actor, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE DARK KNIGHT
Marcus Franklin - Star, LACKAWANNA BLUES (2005)
Marcus Carl Franklin - Star, LACKAWANNA BLUES (2005)
Richard Gere - American actor, PRETTY WOMAN
John Sloss - Executive Producer, SESSION 9 (2001)
Douglas E. Hansen - Executive producer, I'M NOT THERE
Amy J. Kaufman
Amy Kaufman
Michelle Williams - American actress, DAWSON'S CREEK television series
Oren Moverman - Screenwriter
Cate Blanchett - Australian Actress
Julianne Moore - Actress, THE HOURS, FAR FROM HEAVEN, BOOGIE NIGHTS
Jim Dunbar - Music supervisor, I'M NOT THERE
Randall Poster - PRODUCER/WRITER/MUSIC
James D. Stern - Producer/Director, MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX (2000)
Andreas Grosch - Executive Producer, MONSTER (2003)
Steven Soderbergh - Director/Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)
Peter Andrews - Director/Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)
Charlotte Gainsbourg - French actress, MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS
Christian Bale - Welsh actor, BATMAN BEGINS
Bruce Greenwood - Actor, 13 DAYS (2000), DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1999)
Ben Whishaw - Star, PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (2006)
Ed Lachman - Director of Photography
Edward Lachman - Director of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 135
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 796019810906
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for language, some sexuality and nudity)
  • Release Date: December 2008

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
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1970s
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Theatrical Release: November 21, 2007

Reviews:
"Haynes executes a fascinating fictional riff on the many faces of Bob Dylan....[He] lets his kaleidoscopic visual imagination dictate the narrative flow." - 12/01/2007 Box Office, p.54


4 stars out of 5 -- "Carl Franklin is a sensation, Heath Leger outstanding...and Blanchett thrilling..." - 01/01/2008 Total Film, p.48


"I'M NOT THERE is a fantasia, a tell-all, a biopic that's all high points, a folk-rock essay, and a dream, all wrapped into one. It plays like the headiest musical ever made." -- Grade: A - 11/30/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.112-113


"[An] incandescent rebus of a movie inspired by Mr. Dylan's life and music....Among its many achievements, Mr. Haynes's film hurls a Molotov cocktail through the facade of the Hollywood biopic factory..." - 11/21/2007 New York Times


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's a feast for the eyes, the ears and the Dylanologist scratching around our minds and hearts....Blanchett extends the possibilities of acting. You won't see a better example of interpretive art this year..." - 11/29/2007 Rolling Stone, p.89


4 stars out of 5 -- "Haynes has captured a sense of the strange figure who changed America..." - 01/01/2008 Empire, p.52


"I'M NOT THERE is airy, lithe, witty, never still -- and, for all its frenzy and flickered darkness, now and then strangely serene." - 01/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.73-74


5 stars out of 5 -- "Haynes gets everything right and the result is electrifying -- an audaciously prismatic portrait of Dylan....An amazing film..." - 01/01/2008 Uncut, p.124-125


"There are plenty of things to admire....Its artistic and intellectual ambitions, for starters....This movie burrows into your mind and stays there..." - 11/21/2007 Los Angeles Times


Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "[A] biopic that shatters all the rules of biopics." - 12/27/2007 Rolling Stone, p.121

 
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