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 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

The Coens' latest, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (about a woebegone singer surviving the 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene), premiered this weekend at Cannes, and positive reviews are rolling in such as this one:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/movies/coen-brothers-inside-llewyn-davis-is-popular-at-cannes.html?_r=0

Apparently ILD covers the era right before Bob Dylan began making waves in New York during 1961-62. Anyone else interested in this era? And/or are anticipating this film (which opens later this year) because of either the Coen brothers or the subject at hand?

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

My cousin who I have not seen in over 34 years came around last week, nice to see him. He was very interested in the folk scene during that period, indeed. He went to many of the shows, had every folk lp he could get his hand on and of course did his own stuff on the guitar as well.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I'm a huge Bob Dylan fanatic, but I've only superficially explored the post-WW2 folk scene. (Dylan, of course, moved on to encompass all varieties of American "roots" and pop music - although he returned to folk in the early 1990s for two albums.)

The score for Llewyn, produced by T-Bone Burnett, is getting rave reviews. There is a mock folk ditty entitled "Please, Mr. Kennedy" which received laughter and applause at the Cannes showing.

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2013 - 10:56 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/telluride-t-bone-burnett-says-hes-taking-inside-164359469.html

T-Bone Burnett has announced a "Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'" tour, no doubt hoping to repeat the success that concerts of music from a previous collaboration with the Coens, "O Brother Where Art Thou?" had over a decade ago.

But I was also intrigued by this tidbit from Joel and Ethan in this story:

"If Burnett's next project will be to take that music on the road, the Coens said they are planning some highly unusual, nostalgic wrinkles for what they do next.

"They used to ship big, important Hollywood movies with an overture reel, with no picture and an overture when you're going into the theater," said Ethan Coen. "We're hoping the next movie we do, which is kind of about an opera singer, and which we're hoping will also have an intermission, we can send an overture reel."

Added Joel, "We thought, 'Let's write a movie that has an intermission, because we haven't seen that in a while.' Ethan said to me while we were [writing] it, 'You know, traditionally, movies with an intermission, you come back for the second half and it's not as good as the first half. So we should try to work that into the screenplay.'"

I know there are several posters here who are interested in the old road show presentation of films. Let's hope the Coens really mean this and aren't just kidding around as is their wont. wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/movies/inside-llewyn-davis-directed-by-joel-and-ethan-coen.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Can't. Wait. To. See. This.

I so wish I was in one of the cities where this is opening this weekend. December 20th can't come soon enough.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 9:50 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Saw it. I love it. It recalls the heyday of 1970s American cinema. (It seems almost more Hal Ashby-ish than Coen-ish!) As I catch up with the films of 2013 over the next few months on DVD, I doubt there'll be anything better than this.

I hope I'm not the only fan of this movie on this board. Has anyone else seen it yet, or is planning to? smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Maybe since you're the only one posting in this thread, you are the only fan of this movie. I saw it two weeks ago and didn't care for it at all. If it had really been about the folk scene of the era that would have been interesting, but it's not - that's the backdrop for the story but it's not the story and I just got very bored very fast. The music is well done, though.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

I didn't especially enjoy it while watching it, but in the days since, I've thought about it a lot more than I thought I would. I'd be up for seeing it again at some point down the line, but cannot really recommend it at the same time.

Loved the music in it!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

I loved it though I didn't think the music was very good but then again outside of some early Judy Collins, I'm not much of a folkie.

One thing did bug me though in the scheme of things, it doesn't really matter. It's set in 1961 yet Llewyn Davis stops at a movie theater and looks at a poster of Disney's The Incredible Journey ..... released in 1963!

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

One thing did bug me though in the scheme of things, it doesn't really matter. It's set in 1961 yet Llewyn Davis stops at a movie theater and looks at a poster of Disney's The Incredible Journey ..... released in 1963!

Yes, I wish they had dropped that gag. It's the only thing I didn't like about the movie. It sort of cheapens the mystique and confuses the issues concerning the cats.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Fun article on the writing of the "Please, Mr. Kennedy" song:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/01/please-my-kennedy-inside-llewyn-davis_n_4344365.html

Oddly, it's a nominee for the Golden Globe this weekend, but deemed ineligible for an Oscar because it's based on pre-existing material.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

I grew up playing acoustic guitar and singing all sort of folksongs; they are my favourite music to play and listen to, even more than scores.
Was looking forward to watching this film next weekend, however by all posted here and elsewhere about it think will pass. Seems that the movie could be a mockery of a time and music so close to the heart.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Was looking forward to watching this film next weekend, however by all posted here and elsewhere about it think will pass. Seems that the movie could be a mockery of a time and music so close to the heart.

I didn't find that to be the case. Some character types are satirized, but not the times or the music, imo.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

Was looking forward to watching this film next weekend, however by all posted here and elsewhere about it think will pass. Seems that the movie could be a mockery of a time and music so close to the heart.

I didn't find that to be the case. Some character types are satirized, but not the times or the music, imo.



Guess the best way to judge is to go see it, doubt I would dislike it, the music have heard is right up my alley.
Thanks Mark, appreciate your insight.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   Loverozsa   (Member)

An absolutely dreadful movie!

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Just saw it and loved it. I like the Coens in dark/thoughtful mode. I already enjoyed A SERIOUS MAN a lot, and this one has a similar feel to it. There is some humour in it, but absolutely no mockery of the 60's folk scene. And when Llewyn himself mocks it, he pays for it pretty soon.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

Excellent movie and terrific music.

 
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