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The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Newport 1963-1965 (2007)

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This documentary unearths a treasure trove of material that filmmaker Murray Lerner captured of Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival over three turbulent years in the 1960s. While Lerner's original Newport documentary-the 1967 release "Festiva"l-surveyed several musicians and included only a fraction of the footage we have here, his new film "The Other Side of the Mirror" is generous with the number of performances and their duration, including many of Dylan's best known songs. In both formal nighttime concerts and informal daytime "workshops," we witness the fascinating transformations in Dylan's persona and style over three critical years, from fresh-faced folksinger to nascent rocker. Including that electric moment in 1965 when he fronted the Butterfield Blues Band with "Maggie's Farm," the film also features several powerful duets with Joan Baez as well as performances with Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger and others. Lerner imposes no voiceover on the film, letting the music speak for itself and juxtaposing footage of the audiences to mark the changing times.

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Critic Reviews for The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Newport 1963-1965

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

[A] fascinating documentary.

January 11, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5

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.

January 20, 2008 | Rating: A | Full Review…

a 'must see' for music fans and a necessary addition to the DVD libraries of all Dylan fans

November 28, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

'The Other Side of the Mirror' charms from start to finish with the simplicity -- or innocence -- of the Sixties.

October 11, 2007 | Full Review…

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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