Caffe Reggio

Movie Inside Llewyn Davis Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (2013)
Inspired by the life of Dave Van Ronk, an American folk figure, Inside Llewyn Davis also pays tribute to a whole section of alternative culture from the early 1960s. The film focuses on Greenwich Village, a unique microcosm in which the Caffe Reggio is a must-see...
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– Solo Act?

– I used to have a partner. He threw himself off the George Washington Bridge.

– George Washington Bridge? You throw yourself off the Brooklyn Bridge, traditionally. George Washington Bridge? Who does that?

Roland Turner (John Goodman) and Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac)

It is at the Caffe Reggio that Llewyn Davis and Jean Berkey, the characters played by Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, meet. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film focuses on a folk musician who is having serious trouble getting noticed for his music. The title and poster are taken directly from Dave Van Ronk’s album, Inside Dave Van Ronk.

A fictional artist, Llewyn Davis never set foot in the Caffe Reggio or the streets of Greenwich Village, to which the Coen brothers offered real songs with the help of the legendary T-Bone Burnett. In the feature film, everyone from Oscar Isaac to Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Adam Driver give their voices. Together they form a very significant soundtrack, in the form of a tribute to all those whose footsteps once led them to this part of Manhattan where, once upon a time, everything seemed possible. Including finding an apartment for next to nothing in the hope of performing on one of the many stages available on every corner.

Inside Llewyn Davis and its hero, a galley slave, highlights the anonymous nature of the music business. Those whose music and passion did not reach beyond the lights of these small halls and whom history has finally forgotten. The kind of artist you don’t see much of today in Greenwich Village, which has been transformed into a haven for the wealthy by gentrification. Even if, fortunately, places like Caffe Reggio are the guarantors of a persistent memory. Precisely where the stars in the making, the anonymous, the has-beens and the never-beens have been sitting around a good espresso or cappuccino since the late 1920s.


Inside Llewyn Davis won eighteen awards, including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Inside Llewyn Davis. All rights: Mike Zoss Productions/Scott Rudin Productions/StudioCanal
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Inside Llewyn Davis. All rights: Mike Zoss Productions/Scott Rudin Productions/StudioCanal

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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