Renaldo and Clara (1978)
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Critic Reviews for Renaldo and Clara
The film contains more than its share of dead weight, but it is seldom genuinely dull.
A metonymic sprawl characterizes Renaldo & Clara.
It all looks pretty silly. The concert footage is all right, but the in-between stuff just has to go.
The film can be recommended only for die-hard Dylan fans with a lot of spare time on their hands.
The very, very, very worst thing ever made.
Audience Reviews for Renaldo and Clara
At a whopping four hours in length, the main issue with Bob Dylan's directorial debut, "Renaldo and Clara" is that Dylan simply throws far too much into the cooking pot and doesn't correctly balance any of it. This is a messy compilation of concert footage, interviews, and instances of melodramatic fiction that all abruptly interrupt one another instead of smoothly transitioning into each other, and just drag on and on without a sense of purpose or accomplishment. It's not that "Renaldo and Clara" doesn't really seem to know what it wants to be, it's really just that Dylan was clearly afraid of straying too far from a project that didn't mostly concern his music for the sake of his audience's interest, but as a result, he ended up becoming far too self-indulgent with this glacial cure for insomnia of a film instead in the process.
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