Even before watching the trailer, my most anticipated film of 2013 was the Coen Brothers‘ Inside Llewyn Davis simply because it’s from the Coen Brothers. Joel and Ethan Coen could do a toothpaste commercial, and I would consider it a must-see event. Davis stars Oscar Isaac as the eponymous folk singer/songwriter who struggles to find his way in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1961. While the movie is based on The Mayor of Macdougal Street, the posthumous 2005 memoir by godfather of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, Dave Von Ronk, author Elijah Wald (who compiled the memoir from Ronk’s reminiscences) tells the New York Times that in Inside Llewyn Davis, “The character is not at all Dave, but the music is.”
Hit the jump for more including two new images. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman.
According to The New York Times, “some music industry insiders and perhaps a few potential buyers will finally see, and hear [Inside Llewyn Davis] at a private, pre-Grammys screening in Los Angeles.” The Coens have reportedly taken their time with this film, and while they could have rushed for a 2012 release, they’re now eying a debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to saying that the movie represents the music of Von Ronk rather than the person, Wald tells the Times that the story takes place across two weeks and goes to locations “like Gerde’s, the Gaslight Café and the Gate of Horn in Chicago without explicitly portraying real artists or folk music powers like the impresario Albert Grossman.” The Times adds, “Over all the music, including the traditional ballad ‘Dink’s Song,’ is drawn from the songbook of the early 1960s. But some slight anachronisms creep in, Mr. Coen said.”
As for the film’s theme, Joel Coen says, “How good you are doesn’t always matter,” he added. “That’s what the movie is about.”
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