Susan Lacy – Bob Dylan Remarks

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AMERICAN MASTERS
Thirteen/WNET New York
TCA Press Tour, July 2005
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Susan Lacy
(3 Minutes)

Good evening, and welcome to a truly momentous occasion. By virtue of your honorable profession, all of you here tonight will be the very first to preview NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN, a Martin Scorsese picture.

This has been a remarkable collaboration between many diverse partners bound by a singular devotion to the Bob Dylan story – Spitfire Pictures, Grey Water Park Productions, Sikelia Productions, Vulcan Productions, NHK and, of course, our broadcasting partner, the BBC. NO DIRECTION HOME will make its U.S. broadcast premiere September 26 on PBS – the same night part one debuts in the UK, on the BBC’s Arena series. Talk about a world-class event!

When I saw the first rough cut, I don’t mind telling you I was in tears. I had such an incredibly complex and emotional response, I could barely speak afterward. Having graduated from high school in 1966 – please, don’t do the math – I was a Dylan fan from day one.

So many of us remember where we were and what we were feeling the exact moment we heard some of his songs for the very first time. I can so clearly remember singing “Don’t think twice, it’s all right” around my house, with my family. For many of us, Dylan’s music stands as the soundtrack to the most intense period of our lives.

The film you’re about to see is replete with amazing moments. One of my favorite scenes involves Allen Ginsberg, who died in 1997, two years after the interview was filmed. He offers such perfectly realized insight into what was really the passing of the torch from the beat poets to Bob Dylan. And of course there’s Dylan himself, looking back at the volcanic eruption that was his life – and ours – in the early ’60s.

When we first discussed this project, the one thing we all firmly agreed upon was that we needed an artist with a singular vision, an artist who could effectively capture the passion we felt back then – and put it into historical context. That artist was Martin Scorsese. To take the fierce reaction of Dylan’s audience to his going electric – and to make that a metaphor for our times – took a touch of genius.

As a final thought, I’d like to thank you for your understanding of the parameters we had to establish in light of the guarded nature of the production. Also, we’ll have one, 10-minute break between Part One and Two of the film. And now, what we’ve all been waiting for: NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN.
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