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As any old folkie knows, the trio of chaps performing in Aran sweaters in the Coen brothers' latest offering are reminiscent not of Peter, Paul and Mary, but of the Clancy Brothers (Coen brothers' offering is music to critics' ears, 20 May). While trying to break into acting in New York, the three would spend convivial hours in the late-night bars in Greenwich Village, which were also frequented by now legendary folk singer/songwriters such as Dave Van Ronk and Bob Dylan. Echoes of their Irish traditional songs can be detected in some of Dylan's compositions. The tune of their traditional song The Parting Glass is particularly recognisable in one of Dylan's early songs. When the three brothers became professional and very popular folk singers – along with their countryman, the great Tommy Makem – their mother, worrying about her boys' health in the freezing New York winters, sent them the thick Aran sweaters which became their trademark. »
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
It’s taken Oscar Isaac a fair old while to get to top billing, having shone in a number of roles, including in Drive, and survived the obligatory backwards steps (like with W.E.) but it has fallen to the Coens to throw him his big opportunity in their return to directing following the regrettable association with Gambit (it was of course only the script they took charge of.)
In Inside Llewyn Davis, Isaac plays the titular hero, a loosely adapted version of the folk musician Dave Van Ronk, whose memoir “The Mayor Of MacDougal Street” gives the Coens a lot of their narrative frame. Set over two weeks in 1961, the film portrays New York’s folk-rock scene of the period, specifically focusing on the life and work at the time of Dylan-lite singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis, as he aims to make it on the scene and bounces »
- Simon Gallagher
Critically acclaimed film focuses on struggling musician amid folk-revival scene from which Bob Dylan would emerge
Despite a day lashed by biblical torrents of rain, critics had a spring in their step as they left Cannes' Palais des Festivals on Saturday night, elbowing their way into a forest of umbrellas. The explanation was simple: Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers' latest offering, was roundly greeted as a joyful masterpiece and a serious contender for this year's Palme d'Or.
If the brothers did win, it would be the first time the Cannes favourites have taken the top prize since 1991, when Barton Fink was awarded the Palme.
Inside Llewyn Davis is set in 1961 in New York, amid the folk-revival scene from which Bob Dylan would emerge. But this is not a story about the singer-songwriter, whom Ethan Coen called "the elephant in the room" of the film. The story, inspired by the »
- Charlotte Higgins
Cannes, France — The Coen brothers' resurrection of the pre-Dylan folk scene in Greenwich Village serenaded Cannes with its period music and melancholy tale of a self-destructive, feline-toting musician.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" was met rapturously at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered Sunday night. Joel and Ethan Coen said their primary interest was to recreate the atmosphere of the late 1950s, very early `60s folk revival amid the coffee shops of downtown New York.
"The movie doesn't really have a plot," Joel Coen told reporters at the festival. "That actually concerned us at a certain point. It's why we threw the cat in."
The film stars the relatively unknown Oscar Isaac as a talented but adrift singer-songwriter trying to attract attention after the suicide of his singing partner as he bounces from couch to couch. In tow is a cat – a kind of symbol for Llewyn's tenuous decency – that he »
This afternoon the Coen brothers and their cast gathered before the world’s press to glory in the overwhelmingly positive reaction to their 16th feature, Inside Llewyn Davis. Playing in competition the previous night, Davis presents the mostly fictional life of the titular folk musician, living and playing in Greenwich Village in the early ‘60s. “A lot of the music he plays is what [real folk balladeer] Dave Van Ronk played, but it’s just a made-up character,” explained Ethan, the brothers choosing to filter a specific time and place...
- Jamie Graham
The Coen Brothers let the cat out of the bag at the Cannes Film Festival media gathering for their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis, which is anchored in the folk music scene in New York in the late Fifties and early Sixties.
"As a character driven piece, it doesn't really have a plot," said Joel, "which is why we threw in the cat." The hapless feline (apparently six or seven animals were used) provides a running gag as Davis tries to get his act together. "A dog would have been more convenient because cats just want to please themselves and are difficult to train," added Joel.
Oscar Issacs, who plays Davis, received a nasty scratch on the face from one of the reluctant furry co-stars.
In the usual and apparently haphazard way the Coens work, they dug into a book written by folk musician Dave Van Ronk and »
- Richard Mowe
It's been 13 years since Joel and Ethan Coen gave us the bluegrass energy of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and now they've jumped forward 30 years to 1961 and the folk music scene of Greenwich Village with Inside Llewyn Davis, a film so perfect it appears almost effortless. Opening in the Gaslight Cafe, the film's title character croons on stage under the soft glow of the spotlight, capturing the attention of the audience to the point one man's cigarette is only a bent stick of ashes, defying gravity as he looks on without moving. As an audience member, this scene, captured beautifully by director of photography Bruno Delbonnel, immediately places you in the time and place. Over the next 105 minutes we'll follow Lleywn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he moves from couch to couch, looking for a place to escape the cold New York winter as he hopes to fulfill his dream to »
- Brad Brevet
"That's a folk song," says Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) in the opening scene of Joel and Ethan Coen's aptly titled "Inside Llewyn Davis," after playing a tender melody for the cozy room at New York's Gaslight Café circa 1961. One could usually make a similar pronouncement about the Coen brothers' usually eccentric works -- yep, that's a Coen movie, folks -- but this one's a different story. Light on plot, heavy on melody and feeling, "Inside Llewyn Davis" takes some inspiration from the career of folk singer Dave Van Ronk, but avoids the trappings of a biopic or making broad pronouncements about the era. Instead, the nomadic Llewyn's fleeting misadventures, which find him drifting from one couch to the next while struggling to justify his career, lead to a delicate, restrained portrait that results in a different kind of movie than anything else the siblings have produced. Littered with catchy »
- Eric Kohn
The sounds of the early 1960s folk music revival float on the air like a strange, intoxicating perfume in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a boldly original, highly emotional journey through Greenwich Village nightclubs, a bleak New York winter, and one man’s fraught efforts to reconcile his life and his art. A product of the same deeply personal end of the Coens’ filmmaking spectrum previously responsible for the likes of “Barton Fink” and “A Serious Man,” this darkly comic musical drama with an elliptical narrative and often brusque protagonist won’t corral the same mass audience as “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit.” But strong reviews — for the pic itself and its stupendous soundtrack — should make this December release an awards-season success for distrib CBS Films.
As they did with the 1940s Hollywood setting of “Barton Fink,” the Coens have again taken a real time and »
- Scott Foundas
There's not an awful lot that gets the tongues of indie film fans a-wagging more than the approach of a new Coen brothers movie. After a string of four films in as many years, they've had a little break their last directorial effort True Grit (2010), but they're back this year with Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Due to hit UK cinemas in early 2014 after premièring at Cannes, the film is the story of the titular folk singer attempting to find his way in the New York music scene of the 1960s. Now, those eagerly anticipating the release have a teaser trailer to tide them over. Loosely based on the memoir of folk singer Dave Van Ronk, The Mayor of the MacDougal Street, the film follows Llewyn Davis' (Oscar Isaacs) as he navigates the Greenwich Village music scene.
- CineVue UK
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list. If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, »
- Brad Brevet
The new drama adapts "...the music, politics and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture", based on the novel "The Mayor of MacDougal Street" by author Dave Van Ronk.
"...'Dave Van Ronk', one of the founding figures of the 1960's folk revival, was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a songwriter, arranger and singer, he became one of the most influential guitarists of that era.
"'This is a first-hand account by a major player including encounters with Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries including Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and Odetta..."
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- Michael Stevens
CBS Films has unveiled a restricted trailer for "Inside Llewyn Davis," a new film by the Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men) that stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund. Check it out below. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is loosely based on the life of Dave van Ronk, who played a part in the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene that played a large part in the New York folk scene of the '60s. The new movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is set to hit theaters on December 6. Trailer: »
The film will be debuting at the Cannes Film Festival this month, and naturally, things are looking very good for the brothers once more, who have four Oscars to their name.
A terrific first trailer was released earlier this year, when it was looking more and more likely that a Cannes debut would be on the cards. And now Yahoo Movies have released a new red-band trailer and teaser poster ahead of its festival bow.
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Here’s a new red-band trailer and the Cannes teaser poster for Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The red band tag is only for language, hardly anything that’s Nsfw. Based on the story of Dave van Ronk the film takes place in the folk music scene of New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. The trailer looks outstanding while highlights impressive turns from stars Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan as well as yet another great performance from John Goodman. Also starring F. Murray Abraham, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, the gorgeous-looking drama premieres soon in Cannes, and CBS Films will release...
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- Nick Martin
"Folk singer with a cat!" Just in time for the Cannes Film Festival kicking off next week, CBS Films has debuted another brand new red band trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest film from the Coen Brothers, starring Oscar Isaac as folk musician Llewyn Davis based on the story of Dave van Ronk. We've already seen one excellent trailer already and CBS Films just scheduled its December release, but this looks outstanding. Maybe I'm just in love with New York City and how they've captured it perfectly in this, but I'm very excited to see the film. The red band tag is mostly for language and not much else. Take a look below! Watch the new red band trailer for the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis, originally from Yahoo: And here's the first festival teaser poster for Inside Llewyn Davis, also unveiled today via IMPAwards: Joel and Ethan Coen »
- Alex Billington
The Coen Brothers will be taking their newest feature film, Inside Llewyn Davis to the Cannes Film Festival, but they also have big plans for its U.S. release as it’s been announced that it will open in select theaters on December 6th, followed by a wide release on December 20th. If you haven’t noticed, all of this will occur during Oscar season, which will surely help the film’s chances of getting an Academy Award nomination.
Inside Llewyn Davis‘ cast is led by Oscar Isaac, who finally gets the stellar role he deserves, and features Carey Mulligan (who played Isaac’s wife in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive), Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and F. Murray Abraham. The story’s set in the 60s and takes place in New York City, during a time where all popular songs played by New York-based folk musicians seemed to come from everywhere except their hometown. »
- Paulo Lazo
A release date has finally been set by distributor CBS Films for the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac as musician Llewyn Davis. We've already featured one great trailer, and the film is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, but CBS Films has now set an official release date for the Us. Posted on their Twitter, they state that "Inside Llewyn Davis will be released limited on December 6, 2013; Expansion December 20, 2013." Sounds like perfect awards season fodder, of course. I wouldn't expect anything less from the Coens, back three years after True Grit. The film does look outstanding and I'm looking forward to seeing it. However, it is another seven months until it hits theaters. Trailer above was originally debuted in January during the Sundance Film Festival. Headed to Cannes next. Joel and Ethan Coen are writing and directing Inside Llewyn Davis »
- Alex Billington
Cannes 2013 Poster
The Coen brothers Joel and Ethan will be back on the Croisette for their Sixties-set folk music extravganza Inside Llewyn Davis as part of the official Cannes Film Festival Competition line-up revealed in Paris this morning by artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Gilles Jacob.
Judging from the online trailer it is trademark Coen siblings with lashings of dry wit and perplexing angst. The film follows Oscar Isaac as Llewyn Davis, a struggling, aspiring musician living in Greenwich Village at the height of folk scene in the 1960s. It has been inspired in part by musician Dave van Ronk’s posthumous memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street.
The line-up which demonstrates a strong American flavour, has been selected from more than 1858 submissions, according to the organisers. It looks top heavy with many Cannes veterans, among them Steven Soderbergh with his Liberace biopic Beyond the Candelabra with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. »
- Richard Mowe
Pop-folk combination on Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack will pave way for change of direction on third Mumford & Sons album
Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford have recorded music together for the new Coen brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. News of the pop-folk collaboration comes as Mumford & Sons describe plans to change their sound and make their third album a "departure".
It's not really a bombshell that Timberlake is contributing to the soundtrack for Inside Llewyn Davis: the singer already has an acting role in the film, playing a character called Jim Berkey. But Mumford's involvement – and the Timberlake team-up – comes as a surprise. Until now, the folkie's only link to the film was through Timberlake's co-star, Carey Mulligan, who happens to be Mumford's wife.
"There's a Coen brothers film coming out soon that I was lucky enough to work with … Carey [on]," Timberlake recently told Capital FM. "And coincidentally I did »
- Sean Michaels
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