How Many Roads

Jos de Putter Long documentary - 2006 - 71 min.

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Twelve American fans of Bob Dylan elucidate their relationship with the legendary folk singer on the basis of text snippets. This results in a diverse image of contemporary USA.

A documentary road movie composed as a pop album. Twelve text snippets by Bob Dylan give just as many fans a basis to elucidate their relationship with the legendary folk singer who then turned 65. This produces a portrait of Dylan followers in the US, which appears to be as divers as the population of this dominant world power. Two schoolgirls that sing to their idol, a therapist that bases his lessons on Dylan, an ultraconservative website administrator, a soldier packing his things for Iraq and some figures that have placed themselves, consciously or not, outside society. Dylan himself is conspicuous by his absence. The tumbling cardboards with text scraps refer to the music video of Subterranean Homesick Blues from DA Pennebaker's Dylan portrait Don't Look Back (1967). It gradually becomes clear that you can always put yourself in the right with Bob, because everybody can distil their own truth from his lyrics, as long as you interpret them creatively.

Credits

Director(s) Jos de Putter
Producer(s) Frank van den Engel
Production Company
Director of Photography
Vladas Naudzius
Production Design
Wink de Putter
Editing
Sound Design
Sound on Set
Music
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Production Country
Netherlands