Inside Llewyn Davis (now out on Blu-ray and DVD), the Coen brothers’ latest odyssey into the more desolate corners of Americana, stars Oscar Isaac in the title role, as an ill-fated musician navigating the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s. (In addition to Isaac’s standout performance, this beautifully simple yet meticulously crafted film also features memorable appearances by Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Adam Driver, and F. Murray Abraham, and showcases a folk soundtrack curated by the great T Bone Burnett.) For our release of the film, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro sat down with writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen for an insightful forty-minute conversation about the evolution of the brothers’ careers and where Inside Llewyn Davis is situated within their filmmaking lineage. In the clip below, the group discusses the nature of authenticity and the comedy inherent in folk music, and why writing a portrait of a successful artist never crossed the Coens’ minds.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.