6 Characters in Search of an Artist

"I is another," the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud wrote in 1871. Those words, as contemporary a statement about the self-construction of identity as you could hope to find, served as the epigraph to the proposal that the director Todd Haynes sent to Bob Dylan in an effort to obtain the rights to Dylan's music and life story for what would eventually become I'm Not There, the extraordinary film Haynes has made "inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan." Rimbaud's words are also