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Despite having more screen time than many of the human actors in Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers.’ much-heralded film about the Greenwich Village folk scene in the sixties, the cat who becomes the title character’s accidental companion doesn’t receive an acknowledgement in the credits. Maybe that’s because the red Mackerel, which goes nameless for much of the movie, is actually portrayed by three tabbies, making onscreen crediting cumbersome. But the pesky feline — whose name the flailing folkie played by Oscar Isaac ultimately learns is Ulysses — figures prominently in the story. As Joel Coen explained at the Cannes Film Festival last May, “The film doesn’t really have a plot. That concerned us at one point; that’s why we threw the cat in.” Maybe the Cannes jury members were cat lovers; they awarded the film the festival’s 2013 Grand Prix prize.The person responsible for helping »

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