The first trailer for Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is here. Netflix is getting into the Scorsese business in a big way and that starts with this documentary on one of the greatest and most prolific musicians in history. They also have The Irishman, the filmmaker’s incredibly expensive and ambitious gangster drama, set to arrive later this year. In the meantime, we get to see Scorsese explore Dylan in the 70s in what look to be a very compelling look at a very precise time in his career. Specifically, the summer of 1975.
As we can see, the trailer makes use of a ton of archival footage from Bob Dylan’s famed Rolling Thunder Revue tour, which turned out to be something of a mess. Dylan gathered a bunch of his famous musician friends and hit the road to play very small venues, despite the fact that they could fill arenas with thousands of seats. As Bob Dylan states, the tour wasn’t a success if one measures success “in terms of profit.” But as we also see, this documentary is going to offer a window into what life was like in the U.S. in 1975, when the nation was incredibly divided.
Martin Scorsese is known for his movies such as Goodfellas and The Departed. The man is one of the finest filmmakers Hollywood has ever known, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s also proved in the past, actually rather early on in his career, that he knows his way around a music documentary as well. Specifically, he brought us The Last Waltz, part concert movie, part documentary, chronicling the final performance from The Band. It remains one of the finest music movies of any kind, ever made. So the fact that Scorsese is now making a movie about Bob Dylan set in the 70s with a bunch of never-before-seen footage and new interviews, should be quite exciting.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese centers on Bob Dylan as he hits the road in search of new creative horizons. The resulting tour showcased a side of him we’d never seen before; playful, mask-wearing, intense, expansive and rejuvenated. Utilizing footage that was abandoned for decades, that has been newly restored, Martin Scorsese takes viewers into the heart the Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Scorsese makes use of hand nostalgic fantasists, boxers, magicians, starlets and more in order to test the boundaries of what makes a conventional documentary.
In addition to interviews with Bob Dylan himself, who is giving his first on-camera interview in more than a decade, the documentary will also feature new interviews with Joan Baez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Sam Shepard and Allen Ginsberg. The best part? Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is set to arrive on June 12, so we have less than two weeks to wait before this thing drops on Netflix streaming service. Be sure to check out the trailer below.