INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS:
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
*Complete text of the Screenplay, including the Lyrics
*Introduction by music historian Elijah Wald about the late 50s and early 60s folk music scene in Greenwich Village
*A Conversation with T Bone Burnett, the film's musical supervisor, on howthe music was conceived and executed
*Illustrated with stills throughout
Quintessential Coen brothers fare – but different. Inside Llewyn Davis has a certain kinship with Les Misérables. In it almost all the principal actors – Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake – sing. While not quite a musical, Inside Llewyn Davis is built around full-length performances of folk songs that were heard in the grubby cafes of the Village in a year when Bob Dylan, who kind of, sort of shows up in the movie, had just appeared on the scene.
Bob Dylan, Paul Clayton, the Rev. Reverend Gary Davis, Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton, and myriad other singers of the era are invoked in the film. Its story bounces through actual places 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.
T Bone Burnett, who provided the old-time music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, also produced the music for Inside Llewyn Davis. Mr. Burnett has helped to re-create the brief flowering of a folk scene that in the early '60s made Washington Square and its environs an unlikely crossroads for musical influences from Appalachia, the Deep South, the Far West, New England – almost anywhere but New York's neighborhoods, from which some of its heartiest practitioners, and Llewyn Davis, arrived.
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen: the award-winning writer-director team of such films as True Grit; No Country for Old Men; O Brother, Where Are Thou?
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