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Title: Inside Llewyn Davis

Production Company: StudioCanal  
  Mike Zoss Productions  
Production Text:
A CBS Films and StudioCanal Presentation
In Association with Anton Capital Entertainment
Distribution Company: CBS Films  

Release Date: 6 Dec 2013
Premiere Information: Los Angeles and New York openings: 6 Dec 2013
Production Date: began 13 Feb 2012 in New York City
Duration (in mins): 105
PCA NO: 47939
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby® Digital in selected theatres; Datasat Digital Sound in selected theatres
  col:

Producer: Scott Rudin (Prod)
  Ethan Coen (Prod)
  Joel Coen (Prod)
  Robert Graf (Exec prod)
  Olivier Courson (Exec prod)
  Ron Halpern (Exec prod)
  Drew Houpt (Assoc prod)
  Catherine Farrell (Assoc prod)
Director: Joel Coen (Dir)
  Ethan Coen (Dir)
  Robert Graf (Unit prod mgr)
  Betsy Magruder (1st asst dir)
  John Silvestri (2d asst dir)
  Matt Lake (2d 2d asst dir)
  Aidan Tumas (DGA trainee)
Writer: Joel Coen (Wrt)
  Ethan Coen (Wrt)
Photography: Bruno Delbonnel (Dir of photog)
  Bruno Delbonnel (Cam op)
  Robert Mancuso (1st asst cam)
  Scott Tinsley (2d asst cam)
  Nicole Cosgrove (Film loader)
  Maceo Bishop (Steadicam op)
  Anthony Coan (Cam prod asst)
  William O`Leary (Chief lighting tech)
  Joe Grimaldi (Best boy elec)
  Jeremy Knaster (Lamp op)
  Mike Maurer (Lamp op)
  Rob Vuolo (Lamp op)
  Scott Kincaid (Lamp op)
  Bob Stevers (Genny op)
  George Harrington (Basecamp generator op)
  Richie Ford (Rigging chief lighting tech)
  Louie Petraglia (Rigging best boy elec)
  Tamu-ra Bakr (Rigging elec)
  Paul Osekoski (Rigging elec)
  Casey Ford (Rigging elec)
  Jim Litten (Rigging elec)
  Mitch Lillian (Key grip)
  Paul Candrilli (Best boy grip)
  Rick Marroquin (Dolly grip)
  Kevin Lowry (Dolly grip)
  Tristan Allen (Company grip)
  Marcel Ciurea (Company grip)
  John Gatland (Company grip)
  Shahen Guiragossian (Company grip)
  Eric Gearity (Key rigging grip)
  Dana Hook (Best boy rigging grip)
  Justin Hook (Rigging grip)
  Keith Marshall (Rigging grip)
  Alison Rosa (Still photog)
  Nils Johnson (Video assist)
  Panavision (Equip provided by)
Art Direction: Jess Gonchor (Prod des)
  Deborah Jensen (Art dir)
  Hinju Kim (Asst art dir)
  Steven Graham (Asst art dir)
  Leann Murphy (Art dept coord)
  Eric Helmin (Graphic des)
  Gregory Hill (Graphic des)
  J. Todd Anderson (Nibdipper)
  Nicole Eckenroad (Art dept prod asst)
Film Editor: Roderick Jaynes (Ed)
  Katharine McQuerrey (Addl ed)
  David Massachi (1st asst ed)
Set Decoration: Susan Bode Tyson (Set dec)
  Jenny Alex Nickason (Asst set dec)
  Imogen Lee (Set dec buyer)
  Erica Hohf (Set dec prod asst)
  Bruce Gross (Leadman)
  Omar Vaid (Set dressing foreperson)
  Anthony Navarro (Set dressing foreperson)
  Jason Brown (Set dressing foreperson)
  Phil Poznick (Set dressing foreperson)
  Adam Goodnoff-Cernese (On-set dresser)
  Peter Ansel (Set dresser)
  Russell Berg (Set dresser)
  Dimitra Bixby (Set dresser)
  Luis Cortes (Set dresser)
  Angelo Digrigoli (Set dresser)
  Brian Durham (Set dresser)
  Jerry Engrassia (Set dresser)
  Kley Gilbuena (Set dresser)
  Alija Sehapovic (Set dresser)
  Zach Selter (Set dresser)
  Ben Wepman (Set dresser)
  Jim Whelan (Set dresser)
  Tom Allen (Prop master)
  David Allen (Asst prop)
  Ann Edgeworth (Asst prop)
  Karen Kates (Asst prop)
  Joseph A. Alfieri, Jr. (Const coord)
  Mike Acevedo, Jr. (Head carpenter)
  James Cappello (Shopcraft foreman)
  Ray Hubbard (Shopcraftsman)
  Francesco Andraca (Shopcraftsman)
  Steve Frattiani (Key const grip)
  Jeff Pound (Best boy const grip)
  Gavin A. Holmes, Jr. (Const grip)
  Collin Quinlan (Const elec)
  Bridget Siebert (Const prod asst)
  Alex Gorodetsky (Charge scenic)
  Quang Nguyen (Foreman scenic)
  Chris Weiser (Scenic artist)
  Charles Suter (Scenic artist)
  Maria Suter (Scenic artist)
  Yong Xi Chen (Scenic artist)
  Christopher Hebel (Scenic artist)
  Jay Hendrickx (Scenic artist)
  James Donahue (Scenic artist)
  Jordan Lovelace (Scenic artist)
  Stavros Stamat (Lead shopman)
  Maria Gorodetsky (Shopman scenic)
  Raphael Cohen (Shopman scenic)
  James Hoff (Cam scenic)
Costumes: Mary Zophres (Cost des)
  Amy Roth (Asst cost des)
  Nancy Capper (Cost supv)
  Leigh Bell (Key costumer)
  Megan Asbee (Set costumer)
  Fionnuala Lynch (Set costumer)
  Kat St. John (Set costumer)
  Susan Bakula (Seamstress)
  Ashley Singer (Ager/Dyer)
  John Porto (Costume PA)
  Lucy Cobbs (Costume PA)
Music: T Bone Burnett (Exec mus prod)
  Todd Kasow (Mus ed)
  Jen Monnar (Mus ed)
  Marcus Mumford (Assoc mus prod)
  Mike Piersante (Songs rec & mixed)
  Jason Wormer (Songs rec & mixed)
  Ivy Skoff (Mus prod coord)
Sound: Skip Lievsay (Supv sd ed)
  Peter F. Kurland (Prod sd mixer)
  Randy Johnson (Boom op)
  Timothia Sellers (Utility sd)
  Paul Urmson (Sd FX ed)
  Igor Nikolić (Asst sd ed)
  Kenton Jakub (ADR ed)
  Bobby Johanson (ADR mixer)
  Michael Rivera (ADR rec)
  Marko A. Costanzo (Foley artist)
  George Lara (Foley mixer)
  Skip Lievsay (Re-rec mixer)
  Greg Orloff (Re-rec mixer)
  Sony Pictures Studios (Re-rec at)
Special Effects: Steve Kirshoff (Spec eff supv)
  Mark Bero (Spec eff coord)
  Wayne Miller (Spec eff tech)
  Doug Coleman (Spec eff tech)
  David Kirshoff (Spec eff tech)
  Randy Balsmeyer (Titles by)
  Big Film Design (Titles by)
  Framestore (Visual eff by)
  Alex Lemke (Visual eff supv, Framestore)
  Andrea Atwater (Visual eff line prod, Framestore)
  Sarah Dowland (Visual eff prod, Framestore)
  Yvette Wojciechowski (Visual eff ed, Framestore)
  James Yates (Visual eff prod asst, Framestore)
  Corrina Wilson (Compositing supv, Framestore)
  Jarnail Bhachu (Digital compositor, Framestore)
  Oliver Armstrong (Digital compositor, Framestore)
  Ella Boliver (Digital compositor, Framestore)
  Michael Queen (Digital compositor, Framestore)
  Jesse Spielman (Digital compositor, Framestore)
  Miyuki Shimamoto (Digital compositor, Framestore)
  Mayuko Saito (Paint and roto artist, Framestore)
  Alex Ling (Paint and roto artist, Framestore)
  Andrew Berry (Paint and roto artist, Framestore)
  Jesse Lucas (Pipeline TD, Framestore)
  Zi Li (Pipeline TD, Framestore)
  Harry Chung (Engineer, Framestore)
Make Up: Nicki Ledermann (Makeup dept head)
  Cassandra Saulter (Key makeup artist)
  Michael Kriston (Hair dept head)
  Nathan Busch (Key hairstylist)
Production Misc: Ellen Chenoweth (Casting)
  Thomas Johnston (Scr supv)
  Patty Willett (Prod supv)
  Joan Altman (Prod accountant)
  Tyson Bidner (Loc mgr)
  Catherine Farrell (Post prod supv)
  Timothy Feeley (Post prod asst)
  Mark Hagerman (Prod coord)
  Alexander Barrow (Asst prod coord)
  Sean C. Nattini (Prod secy)
  John Hay, Jr. (Office prod asst)
  William Thompson (Office prod asst)
  Kat Donahue (Asst loc mgr)
  Alex Borys (Asst loc mgr)
  Victoria Carter (Loc asst)
  Samson Jacobson (Loc asst)
  Anna Marandi (Loc asst)
  Spencer Reiss (Loc asst)
  Jonathan Urband (Loc asst)
  John Spady (Loc scout)
  Michael Grosky (Loc asst)
  Kate Lillie (Loc coord)
  Cameron Bell (Unit prod asst)
  Sean Matthews (Unit prod asst)
  Jon Johnson (Parking coord)
  Adam Wolenski (1st asst accountant)
  Susan Strine (2d asst accountant)
  Kerry Roberts (Payroll accountant)
  Todd Baxley (Accounting clerk)
  Joanna Ogando (Payroll clerk)
  Amelia McCarthy (Casting assoc)
  Debbie DeLisi (Extras casting)
  Kati Batchelder (Extras casting asst)
  Adam DeLisi (Extras casting asst)
  Sondra James (Voice casting)
  Jason Harris (Voice casting)
  Larry Kaplan (Unit pub)
  Dawn Barkan (Animal wrangler)
  Jim Warren (Asst animal wrangler)
  David Sales (New guy)
  Jessica Held (Asst to Mr. Rudin)
  Taryn Benesta (Asst to Mr. Graf)
  Justin Bischoff (Set prod asst)
  Michelle Israel (Set prod asst)
  Elizabeth Neveu (Set prod asst)
  Ryan Howard (Set prod asst)
  Ed Gately (Set prod asst)
  Will Levine (Set prod asst)
  Kelsey O'Leary (Set prod asst)
  Niki Hossack (Set prod asst)
  James Whalen (Transportation capt)
  Michael J. O'Brien (Transportation co-capt)
  Rich Fellegara (Set medic)
  Kathy Fellegara (Set medic)
  Featured Cuisine (Catering by)
  Wilson Rivas (Craft service)
  Liz Modena (Post prod accountant)
  Trevanna Post, Inc. (Post prod accountant)
  Film Finances Inc. (Completion guarantee provided by)
  Fintage Cam B.V. (Collection account management)
  Chris Robertson (Mus clearances)
  Entertainment Clearances, Inc. (Rights & clearances by)
  Laura Sevier (Rights & clearances)
  Cassandra Barbour (Rights & clearances)
  Wendy Cohen (Rights & clearances)
  O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Addl legal services)
  Patricia Mary Murphy Esq. (Serious matters)
Stand In: Jery Hewitt (Stunt coord)
  Ed Gabree (Llewyn stunt double)
  Jennifer Lamb (Llewyn stunt driver)
Color Personnel: Technicolor Postworks NY (Dailies and digital intermediate by)
  Peter Doyle (Supv digital colorist)
  Martin Zeichner (Dailies colorist)
  Michelle Morris (Dailies project mgr)
  Christi Leftwich (Dailies col assists)
  Patrick Rossi (Dailies col assists)
  Chris Lundy (Digital media assist)
  Carlos Monfort (Digital media supv)
  Michelle Morris (DI prod)
  Kevin Vale (DI prod)
  Grace Lan (DI ed)
  Jessica Elvin (Opt compositor)
  Niklas Aldergreen (Grading tech support)
  Corey Stewart (Chief eng)
  Clark Henderson (Account exec)
  Film Lab NY (Col by)

Music Text: "Requiem In D Minor, Lacrimosa Dies," written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, courtesy of Naxos of America; "Ballade No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 38," written by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Peter Frankl, courtesy of Vox Music Group, by arrangement with SPJ Music; "Piano Sonata No. 15 In D Major, Op. 28 - Pastorale," written by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Daniel Barenboim, courtesy of EMI Records Ltd, under License from EMI Film & Telvision Music; "Symphony No. 4 In G: IV. Sehr Behaglich - Wir Geniessen Die Himmlischen Freuden," written by Gustav Mahler, performed by Daniel Harding/Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Dorothea Röschmann, courtesy of Virgin Classics, under license from EMI Film & Television Music; "3 Romances, Op. 28: No. 2 in F Sharp Major," written by Robert Schumann, performed by Peter Frankl, courtesy of Countdown Media.
Song Text: "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me," traditional, arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett, performed by Oscar Isaac; "Farewell, written and performed by Bob Dylan, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "Dink's Song," traditional, duet arranged by Marcus Mumford, T Bone Burnett and Oscar Isaac, performed by Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford, solo version arranged by T Bone Burnett and Oscar Isaac, performed by Oscar Isaac; "The Last Thing On My Mind," written by Tom Paxton, performed by Stark Sands; "Please Please Mr. Kennedy," written by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, performed by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver; "Five Hundred Miles," written by Hedy West, performed by Stark Sands, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan; "Leaving The Cat," written and performed by Todd Kasow; "The Death of Queen Jane," traditional, arranged by T Bone Burnett and Oscar Isaac, performed by Oscar Isaac; "Green Green Rocky Road," written by Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman, performed by Oscar Isaac, end credit performance by Dave Van Ronk, courtesy of Tradition & Moderne GmbH; "Cocaine," written by Rev. Gary Davis, performed by Oscar Isaac; "Old MacDonald," traditional, arranged by Jesse Belvin, performed by Nolan Strong & The Diablos, courtesy of Fortune Records, by arrangement with Westwood Music Group; "The Old Triangle," written by Brendan Behan, performed by Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Gabe Witcher, Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake; "The Shoals of Herring," written by Ewan MacColl, performed by Oscar Isaac; "The Storms Are On The Ocean," written by A.P. Carter, performed by Nancy Blake.
Source Text:
Music Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  Brendan Behan
  T Bone Burnett
  A. P. Carter
  Len Chandler
  Frédéric Chopin
  Ethan Coen
  Joel Coen
  George Cromarty
  Rev. Gary Davis
  Bob Dylan
  Todd Kasow
  Robert Kaufman
  Ewan MacColl
  Gustav Mahler
  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Tom Paxton
  Ed Rush
  Robert Schumann
  Justin Timberlake
  Hedy West

Cast:   Oscar Isaac (Llewyn Davis)  
    Carey Mulligan (Jean)  
    John Goodman {Hairdresser} (Roland Turner)  
    Garrett Hedlund (Johnny Five)  
    F. Murray Abraham (Bud Grossman)  
  And Justin Timberlake (Jim)  
    Stark Sands (Troy Nelson)  
    Adam Driver (Al Cody)  
    Jeanine Serralles (Joy)  
    Max Casella (Pappi Corsicato)  
    Ethan Phillips (Mitch Gorfein)  
    Robin Bartlett (Lillian Gorfein)  
    Jerry Grayson (Mel Novikoff)  
    Alex Karpovsky (Marty Green)  
    Helen Hong (Janet Fung)  
    Bradley Mott (Joe Flom)  
    Michael Rosner (Arlen Gamble)  
    Bonnie Rose (Dodi Gamble)  
    Jack O'Connell (Elevator attendant)  
    Ricardo Cordero (Nunzio)  
    Sylvia Kauders (Ginny)  
    Ian Jarvis (Cromartie)  
    Diane Findlay (Receptionist)  
    Ian Blackman (Studio man)  
    Steve Routman (Abortion doctor)  
    Susan Blommaert (Nurse)  
    Amelia McClain (Oasis waitress)  
    James Colby (Cop on road)  
    Charlotte Booker (Chicago waitress)  
    Mike Houston (Train station cop)  
    Samuel Haft (Man in Gate of Horn)  
    Jason Shelton (Youth in car)  
    Frank Ridley (Union hall man 1)  
    John Ahlin (Union hall man 2)  
    Jake Ryan (Danny)  
    Declan Bennett (Irish singer)  
  Additional Irish singers: Erik Hayden    
    Daniel Everidge    
  [and] Jeff Takacs    
    Nancy Blake (Elizabeth Hobby)  
    Stephen Payne (Mr. Hobby)  
    Roberto Lopez (Bouncer)  
    Benjamin Pike (Young Bob)  

Summary: In 1961 New York City, folk musician Llewyn Davis sings "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" to a receptive audience at the Gaslight Café. When club owner Pappi Corsicato tells Llewyn that a friend is waiting in the alley, the singer steps outside to be beaten in the face by a stranger. Llewyn spends the night on the couch of his friends, the Gorfeins, and is awakened by their orange tabby cat. After helping himself to breakfast, Llewyn finds "If We Had Wings," an album he recorded with his former partner, Mike Timlin, who recently committed suicide. As Llewyn cues the record on the turntable and leaves the apartment, the Gorfein's cat escapes into the hallway, and the door locks behind them. Stuck with the cat, Llewyn travels by subway to the Greenwich Village home of his folk singer friends, Jim and Jean Berkey, and lets himself in through the fire escape. He leaves the cat and his belongings behind, then, desperate for money, meets his manager, Mel Novikoff. When Mel claims there are no royalties for Llewyn's solo album, as audiences preferred his duo with Mike, the singer laments that he cannot afford a winter coat. Back at the Berkey's apartment, Llewyn in confronted by Jean, who resents his imposition. As they bicker in front of Jean's houseguest, soldier-folksinger Troy Nelson, she jots down a note and shoves it toward Llewyn, silently announcing she is pregnant. At the Gaslight that evening, Llewyn appeals to Jean's husband, Jim, for a cash loan, claiming that he is responsible for yet another pregnancy, but refrains from mentioning the girl's name. The following morning, Llewyn awakens on the Berkey's floor to learn that Troy has a pending contract with manager Bud Grossman, who owns The Gate of Horn nightclub in Chicago, Illinois. As Troy leaves for Fort Dix, Llewyn cracks the window to smoke a cigarette, and the Gorfein's cat escapes. Rushing outside, Llewyn makes a feeble and fruitless search for the cat, then returns to face Jean's wrath. She reports that she wants a child with Jim, but she can't be sure if the pregnancy is a result of her affair with Llewyn, and must therefore have an abortion. When Llewyn asks Jean to keep her apartment window open for the Gorfein's cat, despite the cold, she is appalled that his concern for the animal surpasses his distress about her pregnancy. Unable to pay for the procedure, Llewyn unsuccessfully appeals to his sister, who instead offers him a box of his former belongings. He orders her to throw it away, then telephones Mitch Gorfein, promising to bring the cat back soon. Mitch informs Llewyn of work with Jim at a Columbia Records recording session and he races to the studio, only to unwittingly insult Jim's composition, "Please, Mr. Kennedy." Afterward, Llewyn discovers he will not be paid in full, or receive royalties, because his work is licensed by Mel Novikoff. Earning a little cash, but still homeless, Llewyn invites himself to sleep on the couch of fellow musician Al Cody, a Jewish local posing as a cowboy. Llewyn returns to collect his belongings from Jean, and she meets him at Café Reggio. There, he complains about her conservative, "careerist" values, and Jean declares Llewyn is skilled only at sabotaging himself. Just then, Llewyn catches sight of an orange tabby and races outside to retrieve the Gorfein's wayward cat. He later schedules Jean's abortion and learns that his former girl friend did not terminate her pregnancy after all. Troubled by the news, Llewyn returns the Gorfein's cat, and Mitch insists he stay for dinner. When Llewyn grudgingly agrees to entertain guests with a rendition of "Dink's Song," Mitch's wife, Lillian, sings along, replicating Mike's harmonies. Enraged, Llewyn insults his hosts and Lillian runs away in tears, only to discover that Llewyn returned an imposter cat. Back on the street, with the orange tabby under his arm, Llewyn seeks shelter from the rain by hitching a ride to Chicago with Al's dubious jazz musician friends, Johnny Five and Roland Turner. On the road, Roland disparages folk music and is unsurprised to learn that Mike jumped off the George Washington Bridge. At a diner restroom, Roland overdoses on an intravenously administered narcotic, and the men drag him back to the car. When they later rest on the side of a freeway, Johnny is arrested for intoxication and leaves the vehicle without keys. Llewyn abandons the cat with Roland and hitchhikes to Chicago. At The Gate of Horn nightclub, Llewyn gives Bud Grossman a copy of his solo album, "Inside Llewyn Davis," and the manager agrees to hear an audition. After a heartfelt version of "King Henry," Grossman responds, "I don't see a lot of money here." Llewyn promptly declines Grossman's offer to place him in a trio, and the manager advises him to reunite with his former partner, unaware that Mike is dead. Hitchhiking back to New York City, Llewyn drives through a snowdrift, and swerves to miss an orange cat. He sees blood on the car bumper, and an animal stumbling away, but continues his journey home. There, Llewyn secures work with the Merchant Marine after paying back union dues with his remaining cash. After entertaining his aged, incontinent father with a rendition of "Shoals Of Herring," Llewyn returns to his sister's house to pick up his Master Pilot license, a requirement for his new job, but she replies that she threw it away with his box, as he requested. Llewyn returns to Jean, begging her to store his belongings. Taking pity, Jean reports that she has secured Llewyn a slot at the Gaslight, but he complains the earnings will be inconsequential, and his declaration of love for Jean is transparent. Later, Llewyn learns he must pay $85 to replace his license, and unsuccessfully demands reimbursement for his union dues. Llewyn returns to the Gaslight penniless, and owner Pappi Corsicato admits that Jean had sex with him to book her act. In response, Llewyn drunkenly heckles an elderly, zither-strumming performer named Elizabeth Hobby, implying that she slept with Pappi, too. Llewyn is forcibly removed from the venue as he declares his hatred of folk music. With nowhere left to go, Llewyn appeals to the Gorfeins and is welcomed inside. He discovers their cat returned home, and his name is Ulysses. Back at the Gaslight, the following evening, Llewyn performs "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me," and "Dink's Song." Forgiving Llewyn for his previous transgression, Pappi tells the singer he has a "friend" waiting in the alley. As Bob Dylan takes the stage to perform "Farewell," Llewyn walks outside and is assaulted by Elizabeth Hobby's husband, who demands, "What you do?" The man speeds away in the back of a taxicab, and Llewyn wishes him "au revoir."  

 
Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subject Major: Cats
  Folk music
  Music
  Musicians
  Poverty
  Singers
 
Subject Minor: Abortions
  Chicago (IL)
  Class distinction
  Crooners
  Drug overdose
  New York City
  New York City--Greenwich Village
  Pregnancy
  Suicide
  Unemployment

Note: End credits include: "Filmed with the support of the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development." Also included are the following "Special Thanks to: Elijah Wald; Andrea Vuocolo; Jeff Rosen; Adam Tudhope; Jason Colton; Larry Jenkins; Columbia Records name and logo courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment; MSG Entertainment and the Beacon Theatre; Westchester County; Town of Riverhead, NY; City of New Rochelle, NY; NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor; Katherine L. Oliver, Commissioner; NYPD Movie & TV Unit; New York Transit Authority; General Mills Archives; Norman's Rare Guitars; The Red Lotus Room."
       According to various contemporary sources, including a 28 Jan 2013 NYT article, Inside Llewyn Davis was loosely based on the life of folk musician Dave Von Ronk and his 2005 memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which was complied by Elijah Wald after Von Ronk's death in 2002. Although neither Von Ronk nor The Mayor of MacDougal Street are credited onscreen as source material, Elijah Wald is listed first in the acknowledgements, just before Van Ronk's widow, Andrea Vuocolo, and end credits feature Von Ronk's live performance of "Green Green Rocky Road." Wald told NYT that he was unaware "for years" that the book had been optioned by filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.
       On 31 Aug 2011, DV announced that France's StudioCanal had formally agreed to "co-finance and handle international sales" for a new project written by the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis. The picture marked the third collaboration between the Coen brothers, producer Scott Rudin, and executive producer Robert Graf, who previously worked together on No Country for Old Men (2007, see entry) and True Grit (2010, see entry). Two months later, the 31 Oct 2011 DV reported that Justin Timberlake had been offered a leading role as "Jim," paired with Carey Mulligan, whose casting as "Jean" was announced in the 21 Oct 2011 DV. A 2 Nov 2011 Var news item noted that StudioCanal was showcasing the project at the American Film Market, 2 – 9 Nov 2011, to recruit potential distributors. By 7 Feb 2012, DV reported a "swathe of presales" for the production, which was scheduled to begin principal photography 13 Feb 2012 in New York City.
       As stated in a 20 May 2013 LAT article, the Coen brothers nearly came to a standstill in the casting process, and feared that it would be impossible to find a suitable actor for the role of "Llewyn Davis." They mandated that the performer have talent as a singer and execute entire songs, demonstrating that Davis was a credible musician, and revealing an intimate part of the character not explained in the dialogue. LAT also noted that the first scene of the picture, in which Davis is beat up outside the Gaslight Cafe in New York City, depicts the Coen brothers' "initial idea" that inspired the film. The brothers reportedly spent years trying to frame a story around the scene, but always intended for the picture to be circuitous. They also noted that casting Oscar Isaac as Davis allowed the character to evolve away from Van Ronk, since the two men's singing voices were so distinct.
       The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France on 19 May 2013 to critical acclaim and won the festival's Grand Prix award.
       On 29 Sep 2013, Inside LLewyn Davis was promoted with a three-hour, folk music tribute concert and fundraiser for the National Recording Preservation Foundation at Town Hall in New York City, titled "Another day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis." As stated in a 30 Sep 2013 LAT article, the show featured soundtrack songs, curated by executive music producer T Bone Burnett, as well as performances by Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Elvis Costello, and Jack White, among others. A filmed version of the concert was set for broadcast on Showtime cable television in Dec 2013. A 10 Nov 2013 LAT article noted that the release of the Coen brothers and Burnett's previous collaboration, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, see entry), was also predated by a similar benefit concert.
       Inside Llewyn Davis was screened at the closing night of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, on 24 Oct 2013, as well as at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, CA, on 13 Nov 2013.
       Inside Llewyn Davis was nominated for three Golden Globe awards in the following categories: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Original Song – Motion Picture ("Please Mr. Kennedy"), and Best Motion Picture. It was also named one of AFI's Movies of the Year in 2013.
 

Note Credits: Personal note credit: Dave Von Ronk

Source   Date   Page
Daily Variety   31 Aug 2011.   
Daily Variety   21 Oct 2011.   
Daily Variety   31 Oct 2011.   
Daily Variety   7 Feb 2012.   
Los Angeles Times   20 May 2013   Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   30 Sep 2013.   
Los Angeles Times   10 Nov 2013   Section E, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   6 Dec 2013   p. 1.
New York Times   28 Jan 2013   Section C, p. 1.
New York Times   6 Dec 2013   p. 1.
Variety   2 Nov 2011.   
Variety   18 May 2013.   

 
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