THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK Add To My Top 10

A Peek into the Past

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Release Date: August 16, 2000

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Genre: Documentary/Biography

Audience: Older children & adults

Rating: Not rated

Runtime: 112 minutes

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Jeff & Scott Lipsky
Lot 47 Films
Web Page: www.lot47.com
Email: [email protected]

Content:

(H, L, A, DD, MM) Humanist worldview with some moral elements, including a man’s quest for recognition & love; 6 strong profanities & 2 mild obscenities; alcohol use; smoking & drug use; and, serial monogamy & father’s rambling ways puts emotional distance between him & his daughter.

Summary:

THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK is a humorous and intriguing peek into the life of Ramblin' Jack Elliot, one of the key men who inspired the folk music craze of the 1960s. Written and directed by his daughter Aiyana, who tries to connect with her father, the movie includes some foul language and a mildly humanist worldview, which spoil this touching story of an amazing and underappreciated artist.

Review:

THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK is a humorous and intriguing peek into the life of Ramblin' Jack Elliot, one of the key men who inspired the folk music craze of the 60s. Written and directed by his daughter Aiyana, who traveled with Jack during his days on the road, this documentary received the special jury prize for artistic achievement at the 2000 Sundance film festival.

This documentary primarily is a wonderful collection of interviews with Ramblin' Jack, his family and friends, home videos, clips, and pictures of Jack and his mentor Woodie Guthrie, as well as his protege, Bob Dylan. Along with telling the story of her father, Aiyana captures on tape the struggles she encounters while attempting to connect with her father during the time they spend together. The family conflict that is introduced into the documentary adds depth and emotion to the movie.

Ramblin' Jack's life story is full of struggles and triumphs in his music, his love life and with those people he considered his friends. It is a touching story seen through the eyes of a person who ultimately admires him and longs for his love and happiness. THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK is a delight to experience, especially with Jack Elliot's dry wit thrown into the mix.

Although he encountered many hardships in his life, including going through four marriages, Jack Elliot never mentions God or prayer, something from which he could have benefited greatly. Despite its lack of God, THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK tells the story of an amazing and under-appreciated artist.

In Brief:

THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK is a humorous and intriguing peek into the life of Ramblin' Jack Elliot, one of the key men who inspired the folk music craze of the 60s. Written by his daughter Aiyana, who traveled with Jack during his days on the road, this documentary primarily is a collection of home videos, clips, and pictures of and interviews with Ramblin' Jack, his family, friends, and his mentor Woodie Guthrie, as well as his protege, Bob Dylan. Along with telling the story of her father, Aiyana captures on tape the struggles she encounters while attempting to connect with her father.

Ramblin' Jack's story is full of struggles and triumphs. It is a touching story seen through the eyes of a person who admires him and longs for his love and happiness. THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK was a delight, especially with Jack Elliot's dry wit thrown into the mix. Although he encountered many hardships, including going through four marriages, Jack Elliot never mentions God or prayer, something from which he could have benefited greatly. Despite its lack of God, THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN' JACK tells the story of an amazing and under-appreciated artist