Follow 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.Written by
The folk singer Dave Van Ronk, who was an inspiration for some of the movie's characters and story, released a 1963 album called "Inside Dave Van Ronk." Its cover was a photo of Van Ronk and a cat standing in a doorway. On the "Fresh Air" NPR interview program, host Terry Gross asked the Coens if that was their inspiration for having a cat in the movie, and they said that not only was it not, but also that they hadn't even noticed the cat on the Van Ronk album cover until they'd completed shooting and an art director pointed out the coincidence during post-production. See more »
When Llewyn gets dropped off in what is supposed to be Chicago, and again when he hitches a ride back to New York, it was obviously shot in New York judging from the distinctive electrified railroad tracks in the background, either Pennsylvania or New Haven Railroad. Probably the approach to Hell Gate Bridge. See more »
This is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review for on IMDb. There are only a few movies in history that have impacted me as much.
The first time I saw Inside Llewyn Davis, it left me feeling empty and confused. While I appreciated the music, the acting, and the cinematography, I couldn't understand why anyone would love this movie (and I am a huge Coen fan). After all, it's just scene after scene of a jerk getting beaten up by life with no real plot progression and no real reason to care about any of the characters.
I then came across the movie again on TV and decided to give it another chance.
After this second viewing, the movie's themes connected with me in a big way. After my third and fourth viewing, it shook me to my core.
This movie is almost too realistic. It follows none of the conventional "rules" and there is no winner or hero. There's no real drama. There's no "silver lining". There's only struggle. And then acceptance.
For every one Bob Dylan there are myriad Llewyn Davis'. Really talented musicians and artists that work really hard and simply don't catch the lucky break. People go under the radar, under-appreciated and overlooked. People that never make it big and therefore question whether they should be doing it at all.
This is a film for the everyday folk; a beautiful empathetic look at art, music, and everyday struggle.
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