Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

"I definitely sat right up in my seat when Michael Murphy appeared as 'Rep. Jack Tanner,' to testify to the profound influence Dylan had on him once Tanner’s good friend Jimmy Carter recommended he attend one of the shows. Scorsese has a cameo in Tanner on Tanner, Robert Altman’s second edition of the fictional politician’s saga, so there’s a direct connection—but still, it’s not entirely clear what the joke is here, especially since the dialogue is in no way funny (except, I suppose, as a travesty of centrist liberal boomer angst) Given that this kicks off with a Méliès clip, establishing firmly that we’re in Scorsese’s house, my simplest conclusion is that a straightforward concert documentary turned into a doodling sketchbook for messing around in between primary feature projects."

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