Notes from the beginning of I’m Not There

Dr. Colaianne had wanted me to post the notes I took on I’m Not There.  Since the notes I took were fairly expansive and rambled extraordinarily, I have edited the section of them about the first Woody Guthrie scene to post here.  I chose this because we’re talking about it in class tomorrow.  Hope you enjoy.

The menu has “Subterranean Homesick Blues” playing–this is great because it is upbeat and famous…but also, it was the first song played in the first scene of the film Don’t Look Back (the one where Dylan was holding cue cards with lyrics written on them).

“Stuck inside of Memphis” in intro:
-Shows how everyone being shown is subjects for Dylan songs, but also how
they are all staring out like they are perhaps stuck in their lot in life and want to
get out, just like Dylan did?
-Also, very typical Dylan sound (if there is such a thing), but not the most famous
of his songs–just famous enough.
-Also tells the life story to a certain extent of the narrator, and this is an
introduction to the “many lives of Dylan”
-Also a runaway–just as Dylan was running away from his childhood
-And the fact that everyone was rather perplexed by everything that he said
First: Little black boy riding the trains.  (11 years old).  Shows how young Dylan was when he first started out.  Also reflects his general vagrancy, but also his charisma.  Also shows his early affinity to Woody Guthrie and shows his trip to see him as he told it later–that he rode in on a freight train (story he actually told when he first went in to sign a record deal–Via Chronicles)

Arthur–some sort of interview shown as an interrogation where you don’t get to see the people asking questions–I am not sure what version of him this is supposed to be.

Tombstone Blues–sounds awesome when played by those 3.   Shows how old fashioned this portion of Dylan is.

“Live your own time child, sing about your own time” –what people kept telling Dylan, but he didn’t necessarily want to do.



~ by kaykou on September 21, 2009.

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