From his unlikely roots as the son of a Jewish doctor in Brooklyn, to his ongoing wanderings as the last of the singing cowboys, Ramblin’ Jack has packed so many adventures into his life that he seems more than man. After running away to join the rodeo at the age of fifteen, he traveled and sang with Woody Guthrie and became friend and mentor to Bob Dylan. His music helped ignite a folk revolution in the ‘60s and has influenced some of the most popular musicians and performers of our day. [read more at The Internet Movie Database]
Jack’s daughter Aiyana had originally wanted to document the great rambler in action and bring his story to light. However, when she hit the road with him, the focus of the story turned from the roving cowboy’s life on the road to the daughter’s search for a dad who was rarely at home.
Shot over the course of two years, the film skillfully weaves stellar performances, contemporary verité, candid interviews and a wealth of archival material including never-before-seen home movies from the Guthrie family’s private collection resulting in a film that takes us beyond the legend and into the psyche of the man.
DONT LOOK BACK
Dont Look Back is a a 1967 documentary film by D. A. Pennebaker that covers Bob Dylan's 1965 concert tour in the United Kingdom. In 1998, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film features Joan Baez, Donovan and Alan Price (who had just left The Animals), Dylan's manager Albert Grossman and his road manager Bob Neuwirth, Tito Burns and Derroll Adams... [read more at Wikipedia]
The original title of this film is Dont Look Back (i.e., without an apostrophe in the first word). D.A. Pennebaker, the film's writer (and director) decided to punctuate the title this way because he "was trying to simplify the language". Many sources, however, assumed this to be a typographical error and swiftly "corrected" the title to Don't Look Back (i.e., with an apostrophe in the first word).
D. A. Pennebaker’s cinéma-verité film about Dylan’s concert tour of England in 1965, Dont Look Back, includes several scenes of Dylan and his entourage in his suite at London’s Savoy Hotel. In one of them, Dylan squats on the floor amid a gaggle of English folkies and hangers-on, and slurring his words, he converses with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott’s old recording mate Derroll Adams, who had relocated to England and who suggests that they get together “and I’ll turn you on to some things.”
“Okay. Are there any poets like Allen Ginsberg around, man?” Dylan asks.
“No, no, nothing like that,” Adams replies. He pauses for a split second. “Dominic Behan.”
“Hey, yeah, yeah, you know, you know,” Dylan says, then the name sinks in and he sounds repulsed. “No, I don’t wanna hear nobody like Dominic Behan, man.”
Dylan mutters the name again, contemptuously, “Dominic Be-un.” A sodden English voice, off camera, spits out: “Dominic Behan is a friend of mine…”
“Hey, that’s fine, man,” Dylan says, evenly enough, “I just don’t wanta hear anybody like that though.”
In Drango (1957), a Union officer is made keeper of the peace in a Georgia town during the Reconstruction era. The title song, "Drango", accompanies Major Clint Drango (Jeff Chandler) on his ride into town.
The march-like beat of the drums sets both an ominous and valiant tone for the film's reluctant hero. Elmer Bernstein wrote the score for Drango including the music for the title song; lyrics were added by Alan Alch, and the song is performed by singing cowboy Rex Allen while Derroll Adams was backing on the banjo.
Bernstein's score follows Major Drango through the story, underscoring every plot development from a military tune to a haunting funeral melody to a triumphant finale. But Bernstein was not the only musical talent associated with Drango. Interestingly, star Jeff Chandler was also quite the music man.
Composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein between The Ten Commandments (1956) and Desire Under the Elms (1958) this Chandler's production company, Earlmar Productions, starring Jeff Chandler, Julie London, and John Lupton was a somewhat depressing view of a ravaged Georgia town after the Civil War. Produced and directed by Hal Bartlett who is best known for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the picture attracted little attention but the soundtrack was another matter. As we’ve discovered over the years there hasn’t been a style that Elmer couldn’t write for and not produce something of high quality.