Bob Dylan Goes Film Noir in His New Music Video

Bob Dylan’s new­ly-released album, Shad­ows in the Night, fea­tures Dylan cov­er­ing pop stan­dards made famous by Frank Sina­tra dur­ing the 1940s and 1950s. And what bet­ter way to pro­mote the album than to release a music video that pays homage to a great style of film from the same era — film noir.  The track show­cased in the noir video, “The Night We Called It A Day,” was record­ed by Sina­tra not once, not twice, but three times — in 1942, 1947 and 1957.  Between the sec­ond and third record­ings, Sina­tra starred in a noir film of his own. Now in the pub­lic domain, Sud­den­ly (1954) can be viewed online. It also appears in our col­lec­tion of 60 Free Noir Films.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Roger Ebert Lists the 10 Essen­tial Char­ac­ter­is­tics of Noir Films

Watch Bob Dylan Play a Pri­vate Con­cert for One Lucky Fan

The 5 Essen­tial Rules of Film Noir

Bob Dylan Reads From T.S. Eliot’s Great Mod­ernist Poem The Waste Land

Bob Dylan and The Grate­ful Dead Rehearse Togeth­er in Sum­mer 1987. Lis­ten to 74 Tracks.

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