“Dont Look Back” is not so much a portrait of a young artist, as it is an image of an artist holding up a body-sized mirror to the camera.
Bob Dylan absolutely refuses to be known.
Many have claimed ownership or understanding of him during his generations-long career, but all those declarations come down to either lies or ignorance. Out of self-protection, selfishness, or something else entirely, Dylan is entirely for himself alone.
Director D.A. Pennebaker’s camera in “Dont Look Back” is poised on an all-observing perch throughout Dylan’s 1965 England tour. It follows the young musician; without affect or commentary, through limos and lobbies, and down city streets. In perhaps the greatest bit of non-narrative foreshadowing ever, Pennebaker captures…