Don't look back

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German title Don't look back
Original title Don't look back
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1967
length 96 minutes
Director DA Pennebaker
script DA Pennebaker
production John Court
Albert Grossman
music Bob Dylan
camera Howard Alk
Jones Alk
Ed Emshwille
D.A. Pennebaker
cut DA Pennebaker

Dont Look Back is a documentary film by the US director DA Pennebaker .


The film shows the musician Bob Dylan on his Great Britain tour in 1965. At this point, the 24-year-old Dylan was at the first high point of his career, his switch from acoustic to electric guitar was imminent. Dont Look Back gives an insight into everyday tour life. In addition to Dylan, his girlfriend at the time Joan Baez , his manager Albert Grossman , his tour manager Bob Neuwirth , the Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg and the Scottish folk singer Donovan can also be seen.

Dont Look Back shows only a few concert excerpts and instead focuses much more on the time before and after the performances: Dylan's sometimes arrogant and argumentative dealings with journalists and fans as well as his rise in the British charts. His first meeting with the singer Donovan, who was then referred to by the press as the "British Bob Dylan", can be seen.

Dont Look Back begins with the song Subterranean Homesick Blues and the accompanying video in which Bob Dylan holds individual words of the text on cardboard into the camera. The famous sequence is considered a forerunner of the music video.


Dont Look Back premiered on May 17, 1967 at the Paradiso Theater in San Francisco . In 1998 he was inducted into the National Film Registry .

In 2007, DA Pennebaker published the hour-long documentary 65 Revisited , which consists of footage that was not used for Dont Look Back . The title refers to the album Highway 61 Revisited .


The film received praise from Newsweek ("Endlessly fascinating ..."), Variety ("A relentlessly honest, brilliantly edited documentary ..."), Los Angeles Herald Examiner ("Fantastic"), The New Yorker and many others , but also disapproval like this one from the Cleveland Plain Dealer : “Should be buried ... This is a cheap, in parts dirty film; if it's a movie at all ... It's definitely not for moviegoers who wash and / or shave. "


  • Hall, Jeanne (1998): Don't you ever just watch? American Cinéma vérité and DONT LOOK BACK. In: Grant, Barry Keith / Sloniowski, Jeannette (Eds.): Documenting the Documentary. Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Pp. 223-236, Detroit: Wayne St. University Press, ISBN 978-0-8143-2639-8

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