Happy Birthday Dylan

To celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, here is Les Enfants du Paradis, a 1945 film by French director Marcel Carné set among 19th century Parisian theater culture (see trailer here). It was the inspiration for Dylan’s historic Rolling Thunder Revue and his famous white face make-up.

Les Enfants du Paradis, set 1820s and 30s, “tells the story of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her in their own ways: a mime artist, an actor, a criminal and an aristocrat.”

The Rolling Thunder Revue was a traveling caravan of musicians, from late 1975 and early 1976, named after the Native American shaman Rolling Thunder.

6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Dylan

  1. Guitars Online

    Maybe he is cranky. Even so Bob Dylan is who he is. I will have to admit going to see him sing is a bit of a let down the voice aint what it used to be. Expensive price to pay just to be in his presence. Still a legend though.

  2. Muriel Areno

    Isn’t genius always cranky? I watched the HBO doc on Bobby Fischer last night, and cranky doesn’t begin to describe it. Dylan has always defied labels put on him by others. Thank you for this piece, Steven. I was familiar with Les Enfants du Paradis but never made the connection.

  3. dave

    I KNOW AND APPRECIATE the icon that bob dylan is but i am forced to tell you all that in his old age he is a cranky, unintelligible and rude stage presence who is ripping off his fans to the tune of triple digit ticket prices. Consider this a warning; legend deserves respect but isn’t a license to, basically, steal. Nuff said.