Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

The visionary chroniclers of eccentric Americana Joel and Ethan Coen present one of their greatest creations in Llewyn Davis, a singer barely eking out a living on the peripheries of the flourishing Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties. As embodied by Oscar Isaac in a revelatory performance, Llewyn (loosely modeled on the Village folk legend Dave Van Ronk) is extraordinarily talented but also irascible, rude, and self-defeating. His circular odyssey through an unforgiving winter cityscape, evocatively captured by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, is realized with poignant humor and the occasional surreal touch. Featuring a folk soundtrack curated by T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis reminds us that in the Coens’ world, history isn’t necessarily written by the winners.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • 4K digital transfer, approved by directors Joel and Ethan Coen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring authors Robert Christgau, David Hajdu, and Sean Wilentz
  • New conversation between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and the Coen brothers about the evolution of their approach
  • Inside “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013), a forty-three-minute documentary
  • Another Day, Another Time (2013), a 101-minute concert documentary celebrating the music of Inside Llewyn Davis, featuring Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White, and others
  • New conversation between music producer T Bone Burnett and the Coens about folk music, with illustrations by Drew Christie
  • New piece about the early sixties Greenwich Village folk scene, featuring music writer and historian Elijah Wald
  • Sunday, a short film by Dan Drasin documenting a 1961 clash between folk musicians and police in Washington Square Park
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones

New cover by Telegramme

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • 4K digital transfer, approved by directors Joel and Ethan Coen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring authors Robert Christgau, David Hajdu, and Sean Wilentz
  • New conversation between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and the Coen brothers about the evolution of their approach
  • Inside “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013), a forty-three-minute documentary
  • Another Day, Another Time (2013), a 101-minute concert documentary celebrating the music of Inside Llewyn Davis, featuring Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White, and others
  • New conversation between music producer T Bone Burnett and the Coens about folk music, with illustrations by Drew Christie
  • New piece about the early sixties Greenwich Village folk scene, featuring music writer and historian Elijah Wald
  • Sunday, a short film by Dan Drasin documenting a 1961 clash between folk musicians and police in Washington Square Park
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones

New cover by Telegramme

Inside Llewyn Davis
Cast
Oscar Isaac
Llewyn Davis
Carey Mulligan
Jean
Justin Timberlake
Jim
Ethan Phillips
Mitch Gorfein
Robin Bartlett
Lillian Gorfein
Max Casella
Pappi Corsicato
Jerry Grayson
Mel Novikoff
Jeanine Seralles
Joy
Adam Driver
Al Cody
Stark Sands
Troy Nelson
John Goodman
Roland Turner
Garrett Hedlund
Johnny Five
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
Diane Findlay
Receptionist
F. Murray Abraham
Bud Grossman
Jake Ryan
Danny
Credits
Director
Joel Coen
Director
Ethan Coen
Written by
Joel Coen
Written by
Ethan Coen
Producers
Scott Rudin
Producers
Ethan Coen
Producers
Joel Coen
Executive producers
Robert Graf
Executive producers
Olivier Courson
Executive producers
Ron Halpern
Director of photography
Bruno Delbonnel
Production designer
Jess Gonchor
Edited by
Roderick Jaynes
Costume designer
Mary Zophres
Executive music producer
T Bone Burnett
Supervising sound editor
Skip Lievsay
Casting
Ellen Chenoweth

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