On Marcus Mumford’s involvement in upcoming Coen Brothers’ film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”

From Variety.com:
Saturday 18, May 2013
Scott Foundas/@foundsonfilm

The sounds of the early 1960s folk music revival float on the air like a strange, intoxicating perfume in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a boldly original, highly emotional journey through Greenwich Village nightclubs, a bleak New York winter, and one man’s fraught efforts to reconcile his life and his art. A product of the same deeply personal end of the Coens’ filmmaking spectrum previously responsible for the likes of “Barton Fink” and “A Serious Man,” this darkly comic musical drama with an elliptical narrative and often brusque protagonist won’t corral the same mass audience as “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit.” But strong reviews — for the pic itself and its stupendous soundtrack — should make this December release an awards-season success for distrib CBS Films.

As they did with the 1940s Hollywood setting of “Barton Fink,” the Coens have again taken a real time and place and freely made it their own, drawing on actual persons and events for inspiration, but binding themselves only to their own bountiful imaginations. The result is a movie that neatly avoids the problems endemic to most period movies — and biopics in particular — in favor of a playful, evocatively subjective reality. Perhaps most surprising to some viewers will be the pic’s surfeit of something the Coens have sometimes been accused of lacking: deep, heartfelt sincerity.

Where Clifford Odets provided the inspiration for “Fink’s” eponymous playwright, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) has been similarly modeled on the late Dave Van Ronk, a mainstay of the ’60s New York folk revival whose vaunted reputation among musicians never translated into the commercial success enjoyed by many of his contemporaries. Like Van Ronk, the pic’s Davis is a guitar-strumming balladeer whose repertoire consists mostly of vintage American roots music of the sort catalogued by musicologists John and Alan Lomax as they traversed the southern U.S. One such tune, the haunting “Dink’s Song” (aka “Fare Thee Well”) becomes the pic’s melancholy refrain in a version purportedly cut by Davis and his former partner, Mike (British musician Marcus Mumford), before the latter’s suicide rendered Llewyn a solo act
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Below is an exclusive video of Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford performing “Dink’s Song” live at Caffe Vivaldi in New York City on January 10, 2012 (click here for a rebloggable version).


Marcus Mumford and Oliver Isaac live at Caffe Vivaldi, Greenwich Village, New York, 2012

Marcus and Oliver cover Bob Dylan’s “I Was Young When I Left Home.”

From the video description:

Oscar Isaac has the coveted lead role in the next Joel and Ethan Coen film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”. The movie is about the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the ’60s. Shooting started last week. 
How did Oscar landed the lead role in the face of stiff competition? Well, he impressed the Coen brothers with his singular ability to equally match his enormous acting talent with his impressive, lead-worthy voice.

In preparation for the film, Marcus Mumford has been working in the studio with Oscar Isaac, the Punch Brothers, T-Bone Burnett, and other actors from the film, including Justin Timberlake.  Inside Llewyn Davis is slated for a 2013 release.

Here’s another video of Marcus Mumford’s impromptu set at New York’s Caffe Vivaldi on January 10, 2012.  This video features Marcus singing Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.”

Click here for an audio recording of this performance, and to download the mp3!

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