Wednesday night here in Savannah there was a showing of the Todd Haynes movie I’m Not There — his wild riff on the idea of Bob Dylan, using six different actors to portray aspects of Dylan-ness — at a coffee shop here, courtesy of The Psychotronic Film Society. It was pretty crowded, kind of too warm, and not the perfect night for me to spend two-plus hours in a wooden chair. But still. Interesting movie.
I bring it up because I was interested that the film included Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell,” which as readers of my original SJI essay know, is an interesting song document in the history of SJI. The visuals it played against were largely evocative of late-Civil Rights era violence. Make of that what you will.
Also, one of the Dylan versions, the one played by Cate Blanchett, in a soliloquy, dropped the line “mystery is a traditional fact,” a Dylan-ism I mused about here.
If you see, or have seen, the film, let me know what you make of it. I’ll admit straight out that it didn’t totally connect with me, but that I think that may have had more to do with my state of mind at the time than the film itself.