The Coens Bros Are Going INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, And It’s Not A Porn Movie

The next Coen movie gets a title. Learn something about the guy on whom it’s (sort of) based here!

There had been rumors of the Coen Bros tackling the 1960s New York folk music scene in their next film, and now those rumors appear to be completely confirmed. Their next film is titled Inside Llewyn Davis, and it’s set in the coffeehouses and clubs of Greenwich Village during the years just before the countercultural revolution.

The film will be inspired by the life of Dave Van Ronk, probably the central figure in the early folk scene (one of his albums, pictured above, is titled Inside Dave Van Ronk). Called ‘The Mayor of McDougal Street,’ Van Ronk is probably now more famous for his impact on the people around him in the scene than for his (excellent) music. Van Ronk was friends with and an inspiration to people like Bob Dylan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell. He wasn’t just an important figure in the folks scene - Van Ronk was also very politically active, even being arrested at the Stonewall Riot that sparked the gay rights movement. And beyond that Van Ronk was a science fiction nerd, and even contributed to fanzines.

What’s really intriguing about this film, which is being co-financed by Studio Canal, is that the Coens have claimed it will have ‘live music,’ which I’m taking to mean it will feature people actually performing on set. This sounds like it could be the folk music companion to O Brother, Where Art Thou?‘s bluegrass stylings.

via Variety

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