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Inside Llewyn Davis has its pleasures and its flaws, as did the folk movement | Ian Jack

17 January 2014 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Coen brothers' new film about a 1960s folk singer in Greenwich Village is a reminder of how authenticity became the rod that folk music made for its own back

The new film by the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, evokes Greenwich Village at the beginning of the American folk boom. The date is February 1961. Metropolitan young Americans sit in smoky clubs listening reverently to music that they believe is purer, more honest and more heartfelt and therefore more elevating than the commercial mainstream of Sinatra, Buddy Holly and Doris Day. Folk music is still mainly a process of discovery and renewal rather than invention; singers tend to see themselves as curators of tradition. Lines such as: "Here's a song I first heard Leadbelly sing," remain the staple fare of introductions in a form that awaits the great singer-songwriter. Bob Dylan has just arrived in town but is still a »

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