Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Movie: "Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Let's take a break from posts on this blog about the Civil War and take a look at a movie preview for the new Coen Brothers movie about the folk music scene in New York's Greenwich Village in 1961 just before Bob Dylan arrived. The story line according to IMDB:

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.

Llewyn Davis is loosely based upon folk singer  Dave Van  Ronk and  incidents in the life as told in his biography" Mayor of MacDougal Street."

“Inside Llewyn Davis” took the Grand Prix prize at the 2013  Cannes Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter says “Inside Llewyn Davis” received a five-minute standing ovation after its Cannes debut last week, and lead actor Oscar Isasc “enjoyed the loudest applause, along with shouts of ‘bravo!’ for his performance.”

The film is scheduled to open in the United States on December 6, 2013. Mark you calendar!

(Movie soundtrack album cover next to Dave Van Ronk's actual album cover)
( Dylan, his girl friend Suzi Rotolo and the real Dave Von Ronk)
( Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen and Judy Collins)
 The cat in the movie is great and the soundtrack has a song sung by Bob Dylan that he has not previously released.  I think the soundtrack will be a keeper.
Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack 
1. Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
(Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett)
Oscar Isaac
2. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
(Traditional; Arranged by Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac, and T Bone Burnett)
Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford
3. The Last Thing on My Mind
(Tom Paxton)
Stark Sands with Punch Brothers
4. Five Hundred Miles
(Hedy West)
Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands
5. Please Mr. Kennedy
(Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen)
Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver
6. Green, Green Rocky Road
(Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman)
Oscar Isaac
7.  The Death of Queen Jane
(Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett)
Oscar Isaac
8. The Roving Gambler
John Cohen with The Down Hill Strugglers
9. The Shoals of Herring
(Ewan MacColl)
Oscar Isaac with Punch Brothers
10. The Auld Triangle
(Brendan Behan)
Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, and Gabe Witcher
11. The Storms Are on the Ocean
(A.P. Carter)
Nancy Blake
12. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
(Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac)
Oscar Isaac
13. Farewell *
(Bob Dylan)
Bob Dylan
14. Green, Green Rocky Road
(Len Chandler & Robert Kaufman)
Dave Van Ronk
*Previously unreleased recording