Theatre du Grand Rex
30 January 1990
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
- G. E. Smith (guitar),
- Tony Garnier (bass)
- Christopher Parker (drums)
Bob Dylan’s film Renaldo And Clara was released January 25, 1978
This nearly four-hour surrealist odyssey (232 m.) is written, directed and starring Bob Dylan himself.
|Directed by||Bob Dylan|
|Produced by||Mel Howard|
|Written by||Bob Dylan, Sam Shepard|
|Starring||Bob Dylan, Sara Dylan, Joan Baez|
|Music by||Various artists|
|Cinematography||Howard Alk, David Meyers, Paul Goldsmith|
|Editing by||Bob Dylan, Howard Alk|
|Distributed by||Circuit Films|
|Release date(s)||January 25, 1978|
|Running time||232 minutes|
There is a myth about this film, it is considered to be incoherent and confusing, well, it isn’t. Every time I see it, it strikes me as a unified vision, one man’s vision, where he puts different kind of film stocks and styles together to create an entertaining and, yes, demanding movie. The film is a mixture of fantastic concert footage, documentary style film (dealing with the Hurricane Carter case), and fictional, seemingly improvised footage.
Never let me go:
Drawing structural and thematic influences from the classic film Les Enfants du Paradis, Dylan infuses Renaldo and Clara with lots of shifting styles, tones, and narrative ideas. Similarities between the two films include the use of whiteface , the recurring flower, the woman in white (Baez), the on-stage and backstage scenes, and the dialogue of both films’ climactic scenes.
Also evident is the Cubist approach of the two films, allowing us to see the main characters from the different perspectives of various lovers. This also echoes some of the songs from this Dylan period (Simple twist of faith and Tangled up in blue coming to mind). Running time is also relatively similar.
It’s a free associating epic that feels pulled straight from Bob Dylan’s brain, Renaldo and Clara is a work of misunderstood genius.
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977). Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”. Elvis Presley would have been 81 years old today.
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee.
Bob Dylan and Elvis clearly love/loved the same kind of music, blues, rock’n roll, country and gospel.
Elvis has done a few Bob Dylan songs.
Alexandra Elene MacLean “Sandy” Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978) was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as “the pre-eminent British folk rock singer“.
Today is Sandy Denny’s birthday. She left us way too early, but she also left behind many beautiful Bob Dylan covers… Here are some of them.
If today was not an endless highway
If tonight was not a crooked trail
If tomorrow wasn’t such a long time
Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin’
Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin’
Only if she was lyin’ by me
Then I’d lie in my bed once again
Tomorrow Is A Long Time (from the album “Sandy”, recorded 1972):
Another fine show, which is filmed for Renaldo and Clara, although none of the footage is used. The set includes a rare solo performance of “Mr. Tambourine
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)