|Date||August 28, 1963|
|Also known as||March on Washington|
|Participants||200,000 to 300,000 (estimated 250,000)|
|Litigation||Civil Rights Act of 1964; Voting Rights Act|
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom or “The Great March on Washington“, as styled in a sound recording released after the event, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C..Thousands of Americans headed to Washington on Tuesday August 27, 1963. On Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in which he called for an end to racism.
The video is a splice between available footage from the July 27 & July 28 performances.
It starts with the first 4 verses from Freebody Park, Porch # 1 of Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island – 27 July 1963, and continues with 2 last verses from Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island – 28 July 1963.
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.
Joan Baez has recorded many Dylan songs. Her unique and beautiful voice carries some of them to different places. For many Dylan enthusiasts, Joan Baez’s interpretations are the only tolerable ones, besides Dylan’s own 🙂
Baez first met Dylan in 1961 at Gerde’s Folk City in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
Here are my chosen 5: