In the last 14 years,Martin Scorsese directed two Bob Dylan documentaries -- this year's Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, which is on Netflix, and 2005'sNo Direction Home-- but with no direct contact with Bob.
Speaking to the British Film Institute, Scorsese says, “Last time I saw Dylan was at a big dinner for Giorgio Armani, 20 years ago. I met him a few times withRobbie Robertson. That’s about it.”
While Scorsese was able to complete both Dylan-approved projects, it wasn't the first time that Bob didn't fully cooperate.
In 1976, while directing The Last Waltz, the film about The Band's last show, Scorsese was told he couldn't film Dylan because he felt it would detract from his own film, Renaldo and Clara, which, ironically, was captured on the Rolling Thunder Revue.
Dylan finally relented and allowed Scorsese to roll the cameras with two songs making it into the film -- "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" and "Forever Young," as well as joining all the night's performers on "I Shall Be Released."