For example, Dylan says, "Just give me a reason why I should want to know you.”
To which the science student replies, “Um... I might be worth knowing."
Dylan responds, "Why?"
This may have been a mistake on Dylan's part for this shy and retiring science student who seemed unable to hold his own went on to found Chrysalis Records (I may be wrong about the label, but I'm pretty sure that was it.) If I’m wrong about this label and you know it was a different one, correction please. Either way, the student did become someone “worth knowing.”
No, Pennebaker's script will not have this sort of information in it, but with a backward glance, if you know enough about what became of the "science student" in the later years, you see what a mistake Dylan made by blowing off the young man in this case and more, what a mistake the science student also made by rejecting Dylan’s harmonica offer, a mistake that has any fan or Dylanologist today saying, “Oww....” But then, how could he have known at the time?
What we see through the screenplay of Don't Look Back are the things that perhaps changed the lives of those on the scene at the time, and that is what makes Pennebaker so incredibly talented.
D.A. Pennebaker has a remarkable ability to make himself invisible as a filmmaker, thereby putting his subjects fully at ease and able to truly be themselves in front of camera as if they have forgotten it is there. What Pennebaker does is capture the "cinema verite" - what the tour was really like. This is the information that is invaluable and that would be lost to history, and this is why the book is valuable as an adjunct to the film.
Buy the DVD Don't Look Back; buy this book at the same time and see and read together. You won't miss a thing, and yes, it is with a backward glance, but we do it without regret.
Thanks for listening.