A PROPOSITO DI DAVIS: I FRATELLI COEN PUNTANO L'OBIETTIVO SU UN CAPITOLO FOCALE DELLA MUSICA FOLK DEGLI ANNI SESSANTA RISPOLVERANDO LA FIGURA DI DEVE VAN RONK, CHITARRISTA, ARRANGIATORE E AMICO INTIMO DI BOB DYLAN
RECENSIONE ITALIANA e PREVIEW in ENGLISH by SCOTT FOUNDAS (www.variety.com) - 3 NOMINATION ai GOLDEN GLOBES - GiĂ VINCITORE del GRAND PRIX (Gran Premio della Giuria) al 66. Festival del Cinema di CANNES - Dal 31Â° Torino Film Festival (22-30 novembre 2013) - Dal 6 FEBBRAIO
(Inside Llewyn Davis; USA 2013; Drammatico; 105'; Produz.: Mike Zoss Productions/Scott Rudin Productions/StudioCanal; Distribuz.: Lucky Red)
Cast: Oscar Isaac (Llewyn Davis) Carey Mulligan (Jean Berkey) Justin Timberlake (Jim Berkey) John Goodman (Roland Turner) Ethan Phillips (Mitch Gorfein) Garrett Hedlund (Johnny Five) Adam Driver (Al Cody) Max Casella (Pappi Corsicato) Robin Bartlett (Lillian Gorfein) Jerry Grayson (Mel Novikoff) Jeanine Serralles (Joy) Stark Sands (Troy Nelson) Alex Karpovsky (Marty Green) Helen Hong (Janet Fung) Bradley Mott (Joe Flom)
Costumi: Mary Zophres
Scenografia: Jess Gonchor
Fotografia: Bruno Delbonnel
Montaggio: Ethan e Joel Coen (come Roderick Jaynes)
Makeup: Lauzanne Nel, Stephanie Pasicov, Rosemary Redlin e Natalie Young
Casting: Ellen Chenoweth
Scheda film aggiornata al:
10 Gennaio 2016
Inside Llewyn Davis Ă¨ ambientato nel Greenwich Village negli anni Sessanta ed Ă¨ ispirato alla vita del musicista e cantautore Dave van Ronk. Chitarrista, arrangiatore, intimo amico di Bob Dylan, van Ronk Ă¨ stato figura di rilievo nel panorama della musica folk americana negli anni Sessanta.
A singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s.
Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.
Commento critico (a cura di ENRICA MANES)
Un occhio allâEmmet Ray di Woody Allen, i Coen si trovano oggi a raccontare la triste storia di chi, nel mondo della musica arriva sempre secondo, in quello stesso Greenwich Village della New York anni Sessanta in cui era stato un grande a muovere i primi passi. E proprio a ricalcare le orme di Bob Dylan nella capitale del folk, lo sfortunato Llewyn Davis si trova solo con il suo talento incompreso, con un nome che suona strano ai piĂš, abbandonato dal destino e dal partner e costretto dagli eventi a non avere casa e vagare tra i sobborghi, i sottopassaggi, i treni, le strade che portano dalla grande mela a Chicago, andata e ritorno, di autostop, sotto la pioggia e la neve.
Il tempo del racconto Ă¨ racchiuso in una disordinata manciata di eventi e di giorni che si dilatano, trasformando quella che Ă¨ di fatto una sola settimana
in mesi, anni, trascritti in pochi spazi dai tratti fotografici spiccati, come gli interni degli appartamenti, tutti simili, tra bianco e grigio dominanti sulle pareti e sugli infissi delle finestre, come grigio e bianco Ă¨ il panorama al di fuori. Anche il cielo non sorride, perchĂŠ Llewyn Ă¨ un personaggio tra i piĂš tipici dei Coen, di quel ciclo postmoderno dei nuovi âvintiâ, di coloro che dalla societĂ vengono assorbiti e solo per breve tempo cercano di imprimere in essa una traccia. Quello del timido e sensibile Llewyn sembra un viaggio omerico alla rovescia, in cui lâeroe non esce dalla situazione complicata, perchĂŠ non ci sono dei benevoli dalla sua parte e per il resto anche lui fa poco per compiacere se stesso e la sorte, comunque e irrimediabilmente avversa.
Un viaggio che comincia e che finisce con lâincontro fortunoso con un gatto, uno scambio rocambolesco di persona, quasi un
doppio, un faccia a faccia e una fuga parallela ad unirli, ma a dividerli Ă¨ la veritĂ del ritorno a casa. PerchĂŠ Llewyn una dimora non ce lâha, e poco importa allora se il bel micio porta il nome di Ulisse. Un viaggio che offre di poter entrare nel mondo della musica e della produzione e di riportare alla memoria il puro spirito del folk, di quel dramma dentro il dramma che sussurra, a mezza voce, per dirla allâinglese, 'The sad but true ballad of poor Llewyn Davis'.
Secondo commento critico (a cura di SCOTT FOUNDAS, www.variety.com)
The sounds of the early 1960s folk music revival float on the air like a strange, intoxicating perfume in the Coen brothersâ âInside Llewyn Davis,â a boldly original, highly emotional journey through Greenwich Village nightclubs, a bleak New York winter, and one manâs fraught efforts to reconcile his life and his art. A product of the same deeply personal end of the Coensâ filmmaking spectrum previously responsible for the likes of âBarton Finkâ and âA Serious Man,â this darkly comic musical drama with an elliptical narrative and often brusque protagonist wonât corral the same mass audience as âNo Country for Old Menâ and âTrue Grit.â But strong reviews â for the pic itself and its stupendous soundtrack â should make this December release an awards-season success for distrib CBS Films.
As they did with the 1940s Hollywood setting of âBarton Fink,â 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 â and biopics in particular â in favor of a playful, evocatively subjective reality. Perhaps most surprising to some viewers will be the picâs surfeit of something the Coens have sometimes been accused of lacking: deep, heartfelt sincerity.
Where Clifford Odets provided the inspiration for âFinkâsâ eponymous playwright, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) has been similarly modeled on the late Dave Van Ronk, a mainstay of the â60s 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 picâs 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 âDinkâs Songâ (aka âFare Thee Wellâ) becomes the picâs melancholy refrain in a version purportedly cut by Davis and his former partner, Mike (British musician Marcus Mumford), before the latterâs suicide rendered Llewyn a solo act.
This is how we first see Llewyn, lost in song onstage at MacDougal Streetâs Gaslight Cafe circa 1961 â the year that a certain freewheeling tumbleweed from Minnesota would turn up on the folk scene and throw the doors open wide. But for the time being, Davis barely ekes out an existence from a cut of the door and the kindness of friends with sofas. Upon leaving the Gaslight for the night, he is confronted in the back alley by a shadowy figure who cold-cocks him for no (immediately) apparent reason.
From there, the pic adopts the odyssey narrative
the Coens have employed on several previous occasions, most notably âO Brother, Where Art Thou?â though the tone here is more Joycean than Homeric. Waking up on what seems like the next morning in the apartment of a Columbia U. professor friend, a disoriented Llewyn pulls himself together and sets off on the long subway ride back to the Village â but not before accidentally letting out the pet cat. For the remainder of âInside Llewyn Davis,â this uncooperative animal seems to be leading Llewyn from one strange adventure to the next, like a beatnik Leopold Bloom on the trail of a feline Stephen Dedalus.
If his music career is dangling by a thread, Llewynâs personal life qualifies as an outright shambles. The sort of person who expects others to support him but rarely returns the favor, the commitment-phobic singer practically has a VIP account with the local abortionist, and
may be back again after learning his brief fling with married folk singer Jean (Carey Mulligan) has resulted in another bun in the oven. Like most of the picâs cast outside of Isaac, Mulligan has relatively little screen time but makes the most of every minute, as does Justin Timberlake as her oblivious nice-guy husband (and singing partner), Jim.
Whatâs a starving musician to do except keep gigging? So Llewyn drifts along, sitting in as a session musician on Jimâs novelty record âHey, Mr. Presidentâ (the picâs lone original song) and, in the movieâs surrealist centerpiece, traveling to Chicago in the company of a drug-addled, partly paralyzed blues man (a cross between Doc Pomus and Dr. John) played with magnificent, scene-guzzling brio by John Goodman. But the Windy City brings only wind, snow and an impromptu audition for a storied club owner and manager (an excellent F. Murray Abraham) which,
in anyone elseâs movie, would be the moment when Llewyn is finally discovered and can start paying the rent. Instead, he merely returns to Coenville and to pushing his boulder up lifeâs steeply angled hill.
Yet for all the pain in âInside Llewyn Davis,â there is also abundant joy â the joy of the music itself, exquisitely arranged by T Bone Burnett and sung live on set by the actors themselves. Both dramatically and musically, the film excels at depicting the many varied styles that wound up grouped under the folk umbrella â from corny, Kingston Trio-esque harmonists to protest singers like Pete Seeger and self-proclaimed âneo-ethnicsâ such as Van Ronk. In keeping with the Coensâ interest in matters of Jewish cultural identity, the pic also touches â but never dwells â on the folk sceneâs abiding spirit of self-reinvention, which allowed a Jewish doctorâs son from Queens to become
the singing cowboy Ramblinâ Jack Elliott (a model for the movieâs Al Cody, played by Adam Driver).
Above all, âInside Llewyn Davisâ is a revelatory showcase for Isaac, who sings with an angelic voice and turns a potentially unlikable character into a consistently relatable, unmistakably human presence â a reminder that humility and genius rarely make for comfortable bedfellows. Tech contributions are outstanding on all counts, especially the wintry, desaturated lensing of Bruno Delbonnel (pinch hitting for usual Coen d.p. Roger Deakins) and the inspired period detailing of production designer Jess Gonchor, whose bygone Greenwich Village abounds with cramped cold-water flats and Kafka-esque hallways narrowing toward infinity.
Perle di sceneggiatura
Nota: Si ringraziano Lucky Red, Alessandra Tieri (Ufficio Stampa Lucky Red) e Francesco Pocchi (QuattroZeroQuattro)