Dylan and Melies

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Richard Hatch
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Dylan and Melies

Postby Richard Hatch » June 12th, 2019, 11:18 pm

The new Netflix documentary on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder revue apparently opens with a film of Georges Melies performing the vanishing woman at the Theatre Robert-Houdin. You can see it briefly at the end of the teaser clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS4gsWDSn68
Here's the full Melies performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7-x93QagJU
Of course, Melies is using trick photography (techniques he originated) to accomplish this, but the presentation seems very much like the DeKolta descriptions (with a newspaper spread under the chair to eliminate the thought of a trap).
What this has to do with Dylan, I'm not sure, but the director, Martin Scorsese is a big Melies fan (as his film "Hugo" attests).

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Re: Dylan and Melies

Postby Richard Stokes » June 15th, 2019, 1:47 pm

Scorsese plays a few narrative tricks on his viewers in this Dylan compilation!

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Re: Dylan and Melies

Postby Bill Mullins » June 15th, 2019, 10:44 pm

And Ricky Jay was in the video for Dylan's "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum." Is Dylan known to be a fan of magic?

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Re: Dylan and Melies

Postby Richard Hatch » June 16th, 2019, 2:08 am

I believe Dylan references Harry Lorayne in his autobiography (in the context of studying his memory systems). Dylan's son Jesse produced and directed a talk show series called "CONversations with Ricky Jay" that was never broadcast, though I believe episodes were shown at the Ricky Jay "Weekend of Wonders" a few years ago.


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