Linda Ge writes for Bleeding Cool.
The Coen Brothers plus an impressive young cast of musically inclined actors plus folk music plus New York City in the 1960s? SOLD!
Inside Llewyn Davis is a sort-of-fictional tale starring Oscar Isaac as the title character, a gifted and passionate musician who still can’t make a living just doing what he loves. He’s based on a real guy named Dave Van Ronk, a famous figure on the 1960s New York folk scene whose circle of friends included Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell. Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan play married couple and fellow folk musicians Jim and Jean, and Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman and Broadway star Stark Sands are on board in unknown roles as well.
News of this movie had me riveted from the first announcement and luckily, despite having no studio backing and being completely independently funded, it’s having a pretty quick turnaround with filming already underway in Manhattan. If the first set photos are any indication, the Coens are going for authenticity and iconography.
Among the recreated sites are Lizzy Young’s iconic Folklore Center, where Bob Dylan spent much time playing music and writing on Young’s typewriter, and Kettle of Fish, a popular bar frequented by Beat writers like Jack Kerouac.
Be sure to check out Gothamist for more photos plus a cool video of actual
hippies artists populating the Village in the 60s, which the Coens’ world will surely resemble more once you get Timberlake, Isaac, Mulligan and co. on set.