Coen Bros Bring Greenwich Village To Life

Inside Llewyn Davis set for Dec. 6 release

Coming down from the high of one their most critically acclaimed and by far their most financially successful film ever in 2010 with the John Wayne remake True Grit, the Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, are returning with their newest release at the end of this year.

Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a singer-songwriter in the 1960’s making his way through the height of the folk music scene in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.

Although inspection of the trailer may draw instant comparisons to Bob Dylan, the film is actually based loosely on the life of Dave Van Ronk. More specifically, his 2005 memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which documents his time playing blues-influenced folk songs at and around Gerde’s Folk City club.

The actor taking on this role is Oscar Isaac. This being his first time playing a lead, Isaac has had co-starring roles in the past few years in films such as Robin Hood (2010) and Drive (2011).  Before becoming an actor, Isaac was a musician. Providing vocals and playing guitar in his band The Blinking Underdogs, he went on to graduate from Juilliard School in the Lincoln Center in New York City, the premier music school in America, in 2005. He seems to be a good fit for this role.

Inside Llewyn Davis co-stars Coen regular, John Goodman, as well as Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, who portray two thirds of a music group reminiscent of Peter, Paul and Mary. And in most recent news, Timberlake has signed on to play 70’s record executive Neil Bogart in a biopic.

Billed as a comedy-drama, the Coen Brothers have had middling success with this genre in the past decade with films like Burn After Reading (2008) and A Serious Man (2009). With much of their praise being handed down to efforts that rely heavily on the drama, which this film seems to luckily be leaning towards.

Filming took place on location in Greenwich Village with Scott Rudin as producer. The film received an R rating and is set for wide release close to Christmas.

Jameson Doris

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