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Dave Van Ronk is finally getting his due.
The autobiography of the local New York City folk musician who played a prominent role in the Greenwich Village music scene during the early ’60s provides the loose basis for Joel and Ethan Coen‘s new film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The movie sees Oscar Isaac as the titular Davis, a struggling folk musician looking to make it big — or at least get out of the rut in which he’s found himself.
Joining Isaac is his Drive co-star Carey Mulligan, again playing a stormy love interest (here, with long brown hair!), Justin Timberlake (as a musician, fitting given his musical comeback), Garrett Hedlund (he knows a few things about films set in this time and place) and John Goodman. Although the first trailer for the film features a Bob Dylan song — he was a contemporary of Van Ronk — Isaac performs in the film.
“I’ve been playing for 20 years, so it was kind of the perfect storm of things that came together for me to be a part of it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter last summer. “We did all the music live, no playback; it’s like a concert movie. There’s like six or seven songs in it.”
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