I’m Not There
Spring 2008 Documentary series
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 7:00pm
Directed by Todd Haynes
Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Gainsbourg, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Williams
Rated 14A ·
The life and music of Bob Dylan are dramatized as a series of shifting personae, each performed by a different actor—poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity, rock and roll, martyr born-again Christian—seven identities braided together, seven organs pumping through one life story, as dense and vibrant as the era it inspired.
Arthur (Ben Wishaw), a renegade symbolist poet, serves as the film’s narrator, while being interrogated by a nameless commission as to the motivations, subversive undercurrents, and political misreadings of his work. His witty, ironic responses provide counterpoint to the chapters of a life that begin to unfurl.