In 1975, Bob Dylan ventured out in an ill-fated tour called the ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’, where the legendary artist (alongside other famed names like Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott) hit the road to play theater venues with little to no-notice for the general public. The rolling caravan of shows featured music, theatre, a face-painted Bob Dylan, and at times a confused crowd (when seeing a face painted Bob Dylan, a heckler asked; “Why are you wearing a mask?“).
It went as well as expected. But through all the fabled stories of ups and downs the tour produced, cameras were rolling the whole time- capturing the traveling troupe of trouble as it traversed across North America.
On June 12th, Netflix will release Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the tour- the second time Scorsese has worked with Dylan- and will feature Dylan’s first new on-screen interview in more than a decade. Titled Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (phew), the release coincides with the upcoming 14-disc(!!) Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings release.
The official Netflix blurb details how the documentary;
“captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975, and the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed that fall. Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese creates a one-of-a-kind movie experience: part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream. Featuring Joan Baez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan giving his first on-camera interview in over a decade. The film goes beyond mere reclamation of Dylan’s extraordinary music—it’s a roadmap into the wild country of artistic self-reinvention.”
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese will stream starting June 12th on Netflix. Watch the trailer below:
Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ gets 4K restoration
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now a 4K remaster gives it new, HD life.
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now, almost a century after its release, it is getting a 4K restoration that has given the classic new, high-definition life. Cohen Media has released the trailer for the 4K restoration of the film, which you can watch above.
The General is an American Civil War film based on the true story of the ‘Great Locomotive Chase‘, and sees Keaton in perhaps, his defining role. There are very few film classes you’ll take as a student that won’t at some point, feature Keaton and The General. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, the train is seen crashing into the river- a scene done with no props- costing a then-staggering $42,000 to film. The General ended up costing $750,000 in 1926 money to make, with that iconic scene becoming the most expensive silent-era shot ever composed. Parts of the train and track were still found in the river in 2007.
The film is ranked as the American Film Institute’s 18th ‘Greatest American Film’ (ever made) and Orson Welles deemed it;
“The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”
High praise from the man who made the greatest film ever made.