The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Newport 1963-1965 (2007)
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Critic Reviews for The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Newport 1963-1965
A remarkably pure and powerful documentary, partly because it's so simple. The sound mix is crisp, the black-and-white photography is lovely, and the songs, above all, can be heard in all their earnest, enigmatic glory.
If you care to see the brash young Dylan as he evolves onstage as an artist and moves on from his early folk success, this is just a great film to see that.
a 'must see' for music fans and a necessary addition to the DVD libraries of all Dylan fans
Audience Reviews for The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Newport 1963-1965
Folk music purists, I'm guessing, will still, today, echo the sentiments of those who at the time saw Bob Dylan's transition to "Electric Bob" as a kind of betrayal. Nowadays, that "controversy" seems so cold and distant. Dylan fans will definitely want to see this documentary of Dylan's move from acoustic to electric as the road he traveled to emerge, today, as one of the great folk rockers. Dylan evolved -- keeps evolving -- into one of the cross-generational greatest rock-and-rollers ever. It's also interesting to see him turn from a tentative, almost wooden performer, into the kind of magnetic stage persona he's become. He is, still, ever evolving. Hence his place in the elite sphere of singer-songwriters who've proven their timeless durability. It really is a small, select circle of stalwarts, standing strong and fluid in an industry where most performers come and go with the swift inevitability of a surely spinning wheel of fortune, a quickly revolving door with a bright reveal, a short space of air, and a sharper still disappearance.
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