Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

DVD - 2014
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Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac) is at a crossroads and struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles- some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, Llewyn's misadventures take him from the baskethouses of Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club- on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul- and back again. Includes music performed by Issac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers.


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Sep 30, 2019

The hero of the story wasn't anybody I wanted to watch for any period of time; then the east coast in the winter in the 60's - BLAH! that's why I moved here

Sep 01, 2019

At once one the Coens' most accessible and most complex, layered films. The songs are more than mere decorations amidst the gauzy photography, they are windows into Llewyn's soul. The plot is a kind of Odyssey - that is, a 'homecoming' - about a couple of strays.

It's also one of the Coens' most personal works. If Llewyn is the cat, Llewyn also stands in for the Coens: striving to balance art as pure self-expression v. art as a way to pay the bills; the fear of selling out v. the yearning to connect with people: . . . .in the end, too, it's an attempt to do with film what 'Young Bob' [Dylan] exemplifies in music: taking classic materials and making something new and relevant out of them.

FWIW, the part where Llewyn's partner Mikey jumps off the George Washington Bridge probably echoes an incident in the news around that time. A student at Columbia Univ. leaped to his death after being ridiculed on social media when he made sexual advances to and was brusquely rejected by his male roommate.

Apr 19, 2019


Feb 02, 2019

I was a child in the sixties when folk music was as popular as rap is currently...and both styles make me ill. This brilliant period piece is highly entertaining as it explores the full gamut of the human condition/ experience. Yes, it is complex and deep, but also has it's lighter moments that all folks can relate to. The C-Bros have again produced a unique film that towers above their competition and the usual Hollywood fare. Highly recommended!

May 27, 2018

One of my all-time favorite movies, without a doubt. I wish I could give it more stars. I have always been a fan of the Coen Brothers, but this film is different from their usual dark offerings. It has its dark side, but it's internal to the character of struggling folk musician Llewyn Davis. To describe the story seems like an injustice because my words can never match the beauty and insight of every frame of the film. As always, the Coens capture time and place brilliantly. It's the folk music scene in Greenwich Village, NYC in the 1960s just prior to Dylan. Llewyn's singing parter, Mike, has killed himself. Llewyn is trying to make it on his own. He plays at the folk singers hot spot night club, the Gaslight. He couch surfs around the boroughs of the city. The Gorfeins, of the Upper West Side, are borderline benefactors. They appreciate the music even when it seems no one else does and they are always willing to put him up. Then there's the cat. Just when we start to think that he's the heartless loser that fellow folk singer Jean describes, Llewyn goes out of his way to look after the orange tabby. Llewyn can't catch a break. Is it because he is not willing to keep up with the times? He is a purist. He looks down on those he calls careerist. But, the times they are a changing. Llewyn is an unlikely hero, but you'll find yourself pulling for him. Oscar Isaac totally embodies the character and his singing and guitar playing are spot on. Other great music is supplied by Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers.

May 10, 2018

Not a fast-paced movie, but I loved the music and enjoyed the story. I think it helps to be old enough to have some memories of the 60's and the music of the day. Folk music was soooo BIG, it was what everyone listened to, "where it was at", so the plot (and ending) made much more sense once I figured out that the movie took place just before folk music made it big.

Oct 01, 2017

Good stuff if you like /wanna know more about pre-Dylan NYC /US folk scene. T Bone Burnett's (American music producer) influence is ALL OVER. Special feature on T Bone, Coen Bros, Justin Timberlake (!) jammin' + MANY more insanely GREAT musicians---Get it just for the music!

Sep 25, 2017

Not something I would want to watch again. Not a feel good movie! Glad I did not pay to see this at a movie theater.

LPL_IlkaI Jul 22, 2017

Inside Llewyn Davis is an allegorical tribute to the Folk music revival during the early '60's from New York City's Greenwich Village. Its protagonist, Llewyn Davis, a homage to pioneer, Dave Van Ronk, and other Folk touchstones are interspersed throughout, such as: Peter, Paul, and Mary, Albert Grossman, and, briefly, Bob Dylan. The Coen Brothers' attention to details makes this film feel like a time capsule from the '60's and the music performances alone make this worth checking out. It's a lovely jaunt through time before the explosion of Folk in mainstream American music.

Jun 19, 2017

This is an odd-ball drama by the Coen brothers, about a struggling folk singer in NYC in the 60's. Some will find it boring, but it helps if you happen to enjoy folksy type of music.

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aaa5756 Jun 25, 2014

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

aaa5756 Jun 25, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Jun 01, 2014

Davis: Don't give me rules. You
play what you play.
Goodman: Well, you don't, but in jazz, you know, we play all the notes.
Twelve notes in a scale, dipshit,
not three chords on a ukulele.
G, G, C, G. ... C, D, G.
Well, if you make a living
at it, more power to you. ...
Solo act?
Davis: Yeah, now.
Goodman: Now?
Used to, what,
work with the cat?
Every time you play a C
major, he'd puke a hair ball?

May 20, 2014

Jean: "Do you ever think about the future at all?!?" Llewyn Davis: ".. The future? You mean like flying cars? Hotels on the moon? Tang?"


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Sep 08, 2016

Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. He is at a crossroads. 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. 94%/74%


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