#1. Dont Look Back (1967)

Like Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, this film benefits from age (see my review from last week) and becomes even better than the sum of its own parts. It’s about more than its subject (Bob Dylan). It’s about an entire generation. And while Woodstock can feel dated, Dont Look Back has all of the filmmaking staying power of any of the best films from Francois Truffaut, Mike Nichols or Robert Altman. I’m a recent convert, and a rabid one.

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Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kindle Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen