By Alex Gibson
When most people see the title of Richard Gere’s latest film, they will undoubtedly recall the Bob Dylan album of the same name. However, the phrase “Time Out of Mind” did not originate with Dylan, according to director Oren Moverman. “Like all great Dylan, [it] comes from Shakespeare, from Romeo & Juliet…and then it turns out it was also rooted in British law. It means a time in memorial…something that exists beyond memory, beyond time…” Moverman went on to say this idea closely described how he saw Time Out of Mind’s main character.
In the first scene of Time Out of Mind, we find a well-known face – one that has graced the screen and lived in our hearts as a knight, an officer, a gentleman, a gigolo, and dozens of other characters. Though his face is engrained in our memories, when Richard Gere first appears in Time Out of Mind, there is something harshly unfamiliar about him, with his shabby clothes, scruff, and a curved scar on his scalp. Rather than the debonair character he usually portrays, this time Gere plays George Hammond, a meandering homeless man who spends his days wandering the streets of New York City.