I'm Not There.

Synopsis: Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified.
Director(s): Todd Haynes
Production: The Weinstein Co.
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 45 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
135 min

There he lies.

God rest his soul,

and his rudeness.

A devouring public can now share

the remains of his sickness,

and his phone numbers.

There he lay...





Star of electricity.

Nailed by a peeping Tom

who would soon discover...

A poem is like a naked person.

Even the ghost...

was more than one person.

But a song is something

that walks by itself.

# Aw, the ragman draws circles #

# Up and down the block #

# I'd ask him what the matter was #

# But I know that he don't talk #

# And the ladies treat me kindly #

# And they furnish me with tape #

# But deep inside my heart #

# I know I can't escape #

# Oh, Mama #

# Can this really be the end #

# To be stuck inside of Mobile #

# With the Memphis blues again? #

# Well, Shakespeare, he's in the alley #

# With his pointed shoes and his bells #

# Speaking to some French girl #

# Who says she knows me well #

# And I would send a message #

# To find out if she's talked #

# But the post office has been stolen #

# And the mailbox is locked #

# Oh, Mama #

# Can this really be the end #

# To be stuck inside of Mobile #

# With the Memphis blues again? #

# Now the rain man gave me two cures #

# Then he said, "Jump right in" #

# The one was Texas medicine #

# The other was just railroad gin #

# And like a fool I mixed them #

# And it strangled up my mind #

# And now people just get uglier #

# And I have no sense of time #

# Oh, Mama #

# Can this really be the end #

# To be stuck here inside of Mobile #

# With the Memphis blues again? #

Hey. How old are you, boy?

Eleven years old.


What's your name, son?


Woody Guthrie.

Just like the singer.

Way I see it,

singin's kept me right in this world

more than any Bible's ever done.

And somethin' else I learned?

Takes just about a fountain pen

to get yourself robbed.

Hey, Joe. What do you

make about that?

Uh, son...

you wouldn't be stashin' no weapons

in that case of yours?

No, sir. Not in any literalized way.

What'd you say his name was?

A- R-T-H.

Please sit down.


R- I-M-B-A-U-D."

Born October 20th.

That makes you 19,

nearly 20.

Is that correct?

That's correct.

So what's all this about?

Well, Missouri, originally.

A little town called Riddle.

But all over, really.

Been to Gallup, Phillipsburg,

Sioux Falls...

I got me a cousin in Sioux Falls.

Yeah! That's right.

Uh, is there really

a town called Riddle?

Tell you the flat truth,

that's sort of a... a whatchamacallit.

A, uh...

A composite.

A compost heap is more like it.

Truth is, my mind

got mixed with ramblin'

when I was, oh, so young.

I reckon it was Arvella Gray,

the blind protest singer from Chicago.

She first taught me the blues


about five years back.

That's also when I first started

writin' songs on my own.

I've written some hillbilly songs.

You know Carl Perkins,

from Nashville?

Yeah, yeah.

He sings some of my songs.

Yep. Talkin' blues kind

of stuff, you know?

Union songs.

I also played piano with Bobby Vee.

I would've been a millionaire

if I stayed with him.

Well, what brings you

around these parts?


I lost my one true love.

And I started drinking.

Next thing I know, I'm in a crap game.

I wake up in a pool hall.

One night, I meet up with a Chinaman

working at a dime store

who says he loves my sound.

And next thing I know,

I'm all booked up

at his boss's establishment.

The Tiny Troubadour!

# I've been a... #

# Moonshiner #

# For 17 long years #

There you go, boy.

Of course, success ain't all

it's cracked up to be, now.

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Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes (; born January 2, 1961) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement of filmmaking that emerged in the early 1990s. Haynes first gained public attention with his controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987), which chronicles singer Karen Carpenter's tragic life and death, using Barbie dolls as actors. Haynes had not obtained proper licensing to use the Carpenters' music, prompting a lawsuit from Richard Carpenter, whom the film portrayed in an unflattering light, banning the film's distribution. Superstar became a cult classic.Haynes' feature directorial debut, Poison (1991), a provocative, three-part exploration of AIDS-era queer perceptions and subversions, established him as a formidable talent and figure of a new transgressive cinema. Poison won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and is regarded as a seminal work of New Queer Cinema. Haynes received further acclaim for his second feature film Safe (1995), a symbolic portrait of a housewife who develops extreme allergic reactions to her suburban life. Safe was later voted the best film of the 1990s by The Village Voice Film Poll. Haynes' next feature, Velvet Goldmine (1998), is a tribute to the 1970s glam rock era, drawing heavily on the rock histories and mythologies of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed. The film received the Special Jury Prize for Best Artistic Contribution at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design. Haynes gained critical acclaim and a measure of mainstream success with his 2002 feature, Far from Heaven. Inspired by the cinematic language of the films of Douglas Sirk, Far From Heaven is a 1950s-set melodrama about a Connecticut housewife who discovers that her husband is gay and falls in love with her African-American gardener. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay for Haynes. His fifth feature, I'm Not There (2007), marked another shift in direction. A nonlinear biopic, I'm Not There depicts various facets of Bob Dylan through seven fictionalized characters played by five actors and an actress. I'm Not There received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett. In 2011, Haynes directed and co-wrote Mildred Pierce, a five-hour mini-series for HBO, which garnered 21 Emmy Award nominations, winning five, as well as four Golden Globe Award nominations and a win for lead actress Kate Winslet. In 2015, Haynes returned to the big screen with Carol, his sixth feature film and the first film not written by him. Based on Patricia Highsmith's seminal romance novel The Price of Salt, Carol is the story of a forbidden love affair between two women from different classes and backgrounds in early 1950s New York City. The film received critical acclaim and many accolades including six Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe Award nominations, and nine BAFTA Award nominations. more…

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