Renaldo and Clara (1978)




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Bob Dylan made this concert film that chronicles a 1975/1976 performance of his Rolling Thunder Revue. In between songs he, his wife Sara Dylan, along with Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and other counterculture figures perform philosophically based improvisational pieces. During the skits, Dylan plays the ambiguous Renaldo, while Ronnie Hawkins and Ronee Blakely play Dylan and his wife. Songs include "Isis, I Want You," "It Ain't Me Babe," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Hurricane," "Romance in Durango," "One Too Many Mornings," "One More Cup of Coffee," "Sara," "Patty's Gone to Laredo," "Just Like a Woman," "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall," "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowland," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," (Bob Dylan), "Chestnut Mare" (Roger McGuinn), "Diamonds and Rust" (Joan Baez), "Suzanne" (Leonard Cohen), "Need a New Sun Rising" (Ronee Blakely), "Salt Pork West Virginia" (Jack Elliott), "Kaddish" (Allen Ginsberg), "Cucurrucucu Paloma" (Tomas Mendez), and "Time of the Preacher" (Willie Nelson).
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Bob Dylan
as Renaldo
Joan Baez
as Woman in White
Ronnie Hawkins
as Bob Dylan
Sara Dylan
as Clara
Ronee Blakely
as Mrs. Dylan
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Critic Reviews for Renaldo and Clara

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The film contains more than its share of dead weight, but it is seldom genuinely dull.

May 5, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A metonymic sprawl characterizes Renaldo & Clara.

November 7, 2007
Senses of Cinema

It all looks pretty silly. The concert footage is all right, but the in-between stuff just has to go.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TV Guide

The film can be recommended only for die-hard Dylan fans with a lot of spare time on their hands.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006

The very, very, very worst thing ever made.

May 2, 2006
Film Threat

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.

Alex Beebe
Alex Beebe

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