Arena: No Direction Home - Bob Dylan

Arena: No Direction Home - Bob Dylan



Brilliantly directed by Martin Scorsese, this inspirational two-part profile from 2005 charts Bob Dylan’s ascent from small-town misfit to voice of a generation.

Just seeing Dylan reflecting on his past is remarkable and gripping – this a man who hardly ever gives interviews. “I was born very far from where I was supposed to be,” he growls, and the film traces how he set about creating his own myth, routinely lying about his own history and re-inventing himself at every turn. We hear recordings of his first musical efforts, hammering a piano at his high-school talent contest; he recalls how, having first tried rock ’n’ roll, he became smitten by folk music; grizzled Greenwich Village veterans recall the early 60s scene that launched his career. It’s mesmerising.

And running through it all is the music and rare footage of the young Dylan, a blinking, wild-haired boy tapping, as one contributor says, into the collective unconscious of America.


Martin Scorsese's two-part profile of the singer, featuring rare interviews and archive footage. The first half examines Dylan's formative years, with contributions by childhood friends and teachers on his earliest musical efforts and also explores his arrival on New York's thriving early 1960s folk scene and the artists who influenced his work. In his own words, Dylan tells how he became smitten with folk music as the story shifts from the iron range in Minnesota to Greenwich Village in New York City, with characters including Dave Van Ronk, the king of Greenwich village folk clubs, Joan Baez, queen of the folk music world, and Allen Ginsburg, America's beat poet laureate.

Cast & Crew

Director Martin Scorsese
Executive Producer Anthony Wall
Producer Jeff Rosen
Producer Susan Lacy
Producer Nigel Sinclair
Producer Anthony Wall
Producer Martin Scorsese
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Documentary Music Arts