Our look at musical films that willfully straddle the line between fact and fiction brings in Martin Scorsese’s newest effort for Netflix, ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY, to see how it applies that MO to a documentary format, where Todd Haynes’ VELVET GOLDMINE applied it to a narrative one. After debating to what extent ROLLING THUNDER REVUE tells us anything about its slippery subject, we bring these two films together to see how they each play with ideas about alter-egos and disposable identities, what they have to say about art and commerce, and how each reflect their 1970s setting. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.
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Works Cited: • “Truth and Legends: The Extraordinary Documentaries of Martin Scorsese,” by Scott Tobias (theringer.com)
Your Next Picture Show: • Keith: Larry Charles’ MASKED AND ANONYMOUS • Scott: Martin Scorsese’s GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD • Genevieve: John Cameron Mitchell’s HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Outro music: Bob Dylan, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall [Live]”