The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre kicks off three one-night events with in-person guests this Friday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m., with
director Murray Lerner.
First up is the West Coast premiere of The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at Newport (2007, MLF, 83 minutes). This brand new film from Academy Award-winning director
Lerner (1981’s Best Feature Documentary, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China) documents the remarkably swift metamorphosis
of troubadour Dylan from scrawny, Guthrie-inspired protest singer to iconoclastic rock
icon. Drawing from hours of previously unseen footage he
shot over several years at the Newport Folk Festival in the early-to-mid-1960s, Lerner shows Dylan’s development from his first Newport appearance in
the summer of ’63, through his legendary ’64 performances to his historic and
controversial ’65 appearance unveiling his new electric incarnation. The
footage has been newly transferred from the original negative with matching
Next on the same bill is a special 40th anniversary screening
of Festival (1967, MLF, 90 minutes),
Murray Lerner’s acclaimed film which chronicled all the major artists at the
Newport Folk Festival 1962-1966, and illustrates how the festival was one of
the crucibles in which the early ’60s folk and blues boom evolved into the
folk-rock, blues-rock and psychedelic counter-culture of the late ’60s. Hear and
see Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul & Mary, Howling Wolf,
Judy Collins, Buddy Sainte-Marie, Odetta, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and
more! A discussion with Lerner will take place between films.
All screenings are at the historic
Egyptian Theatre, located at
Tickets are available on Fandango, but for more information, phone (323) 466-FILM, or visit the Cinematheque’s eponymous
Web site by clicking here.