Friday, May 10, 2013

Through the Lens: Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Issac plays 1960s folk musician Llewyn Davis in the new Coen brothers film.

The red band trailer for the Coen brothers' new film Inside Llewyn Davis was recently released and it looks intriguing.  The film is about the New York City folk music scene in the 1960s and stars Oscar Isaac as the title character.  He is reunited with his Drive co-star Carey Mulligan, and supported by a cast that also includes John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake.

The film is loosely based on the life of folk artist Dave Van Ronk, who earned the nickname Mayor of MacDougal Street (a reference to his time spent in Greenwich Village).  I'm very much looking forward to hearing the film's soundtrack, which is said to include covers of old folk songs.  Based on O Brother, Where Art Thou? I have no doubt the soundtrack will be quite good.  On an unrelated, but somewhat similar note, I recently watched the Joan Baez documentary How Sweet the Sound and it was an amazing insight into the folk scene.

Watch the trailer here, which features the Bob Dylan song "Farewell."  The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month and nationwide in December.

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