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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Discover the secrets of the cult places of the greatest masterpieces of pop culture in New York!
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