DA Pennebaker (15 July 1925 – 1 August 2019)

Wednesday, 7 August, 2019

A bit late with this. The American documentary filmmak DA Pennebaker was one of the most important chronicler of Sixties counterculture. The performing arts and politics were his primary subjects and in 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his body of work with an Academy Honorary Award or “lifetime Oscar”.

Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, approached Pennebaker about filming Dylan while he was touring in England in 1965. The resulting work, Dont Look Back (there is no apostrophe in the title) became a landmark of both film and rock history, “evoking the ’60s like few other documents”, according to film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. The opening sequence alone (set to Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” with Dylan standing in an alleyway, dropping cardboard flash cards) became the role model for modern music videos.


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