Inside Llewyn Davis

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German title Inside Llewyn Davis
Original title Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis.jpg
Country of production United States of
original language English
Publishing year 2013
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Ethan and Joel Coen
script Ethan and Joel Coen
production Ethan and Joel Coen,
Scott Rudin
music T-Bone Burnett ,
Todd Kasow ,
Marcus Mumford
camera Bruno Delbonnel
cut Ethan and Joel Coen
(as Roderick Jaynes )

Inside Llewyn Davis is a film of the Coen brothers from the year 2013 . As with previous films, Ethan and Joel Coen were involved in several roles in its creation; they were responsible for the direction, script and editing and together with Scott Rudin also for the production. The main role was played Oscar Isaac , next to Carey Mulligan , Justin Timberlake and John Goodman are seen.

The film tells a week about the life of folk musician Llewyn Davis in New York in the 1960s. The Coen brothers were inspired by Dave Van Ronk's life story and music. Premiered Inside Llewyn Davis on May 19, 2013, the Cannes Film Festival , where the movie the Grand Jury Prize won. In the USA he was first seen on September 28, 2013 at the New York Film Festival . The film was released in French and Dutch cinemas on November 6, 2013. It was shown in Germany from December 5, 2013, and selected cinemas in the USA showed it from the following day.


In the winter of 1961, the young guitarist Llewyn Davis roams the pubs in New York's Greenwich Village , where he occasionally appears with folk songs. The man in his mid-thirties cannot earn his living with it, which is why he sleeps night after night with friends or acquaintances on the couch or on the floor.

Sometimes he stays with the Gorfeins, an older couple who appreciate their music. When Davis leaves the apartment one morning, the cat Ulysses also escapes from the apartment. Since the Gorfeins are absent, he takes the cat with him. When she runs away, he catches her again and brings her back. He stays for dinner and is asked to play something on the guitar. Davis breaks off the song, however, because Lillian Gorfein starts with the second voice that his late partner used to sing. He nervously justifies his termination with the fact that music is his profession and nothing else. The situation escalates completely when Lillian discovers that the cat brought back is a cat. "Where's his scrotum ?" She yells at Davis repeatedly.

The folk duo Jean and Jim are also among the acquaintances Davis stays with from time to time. Jean thinks Davis is a failure and calls him sweary when she learns she is pregnant. She doesn't know if the child is his or her boyfriend's Jim, and she wants to have an abortion. Davis is supposed to pay for the procedure and arrange an appointment for her with a doctor friend of her. In conversation with the doctor, Davis learns that he has been a father for two years. His former girlfriend did not have the planned abortion carried out, something Davis never learned about. She now lives with her parents in Akron. The doctor did not have Davis' address and could not repay the money. For this he now wants to treat Jean for free.

Davis just recorded a new solo album called Inside Llewyn Davis . But the royalties he had hoped for do not materialize, and his uncooperative publisher Mel Novikoff offers him a winter coat instead. Mel's secretary pushes an unwieldy box of his records into Davis' hand, the remaining inventory - not for sale - had been disposed of when the warehouse was cleared. Davis goes on a road trip to Chicago with the overweight jazz musician Roland Turner and his right-hand man, Johnny Five. Turner, who takes a shot in the toilet when stopping at gas stations, makes fun of Llewyn's folk music. The silent Johnny Five is arrested in the middle of the night. Davis leaves the sleeping gymnast and the cat in the car and hitchhikes on in the snowstorm.

In the morning in Chicago he soaks a shoe in a puddle of snow before seeking support from the producer Bud Grossman, who resides in the huge “Gate of Horn” concert hall. Grossman listens to a song, but sees no chance to market the music ("I don't see a lot of money here."). He suggests cutting a goatee and joining a trio. Davis declines with thanks that he had a partner. Grossman advises him to be reconciled with him again; he does not know that Davis' partner recently committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge . “Good advice,” Davis simply replies. He hitchhiked back to New York. After he took over the wheel in the car because the driver was overtaken, he ran into an animal. He ignores the turnoff to Akron.

Back in New York, Davis reports to the Merchant Navy Sailors' Union . He pays the outstanding contributions with his last money in order to be able to set sail again. However, he must present his license for this. But he had his sister throw away his old documents. Davis doesn't have the money for a new license. He does not get the contributions back. He visits his father in a nursing home and plays him a song. The father doesn't speak, but at the end of the song he pees his pants.

Davis is once again roaming the pubs in Greenwich Village with his guitar case. The landlord of the Gaslight Cafe boasts that he slept with Jean too. Looking for an argument, Davis bully an older woman at her performance, shouts obscene remarks about her origin from Arkansas and is finally thrown out of the pub. The next day, after his appearance in a dark alley, he is approached by a man in a hat. After an exchange of words, the man, whose face you never see, hits Davis in the face with his fist and kicks him several times.

It's the beating scene that the viewer saw at the beginning of the film, there still without context. In the repetition, the hat wearer says the sentence: “My wife just wanted to play something.” In addition, it is only in this repetition that Davis is missing the appearance of an unknown young singer who begins his set with the song Farewell . It's Bob Dylan .


The Coen brothers knew that Dave Van Ronk was once beaten up in Greenwich Village. The question of how someone beat up a folk singer was the starting point for this project for the two filmmakers: “We found the performance somehow amusing, but we had no idea whether it would lead anywhere, let alone for a film good. "

Before filming, they studied the work of folk musician Dave Van Ronk and his memoirs , published posthumously under the title The Mayor of MacDougal Street . This street in Greenwich Village, with its numerous pubs and music clubs, was the center of the folk music scene in New York, the "lifeline of the burgeoning folk movement", especially in the 1950s and 60s. For example, the Gaslight Cafe featured in the movie was on this street (116 MacDougal Street). The film title refers to Inside Dave Van Ronk, the 1963 album on which u. a. Hang Me, Oh Hang Me is heard, the song Davis sings at the beginning.

Inside Llewyn Davis is set in the winter of 1960/61, on "the eve of the pop revolution". Bob Dylan, a friend of Dave Van Ronk, has not yet been discovered; his breakthrough came a year later. The same applies to the trio Peter, Paul and Mary alluded to in the film. Bud Grossman offers Davis the third part for the planned trio in Chicago . In real life it was manager Albert Grossman who did it. a. Dave had Van Ronk auditioned but declined. In the end he formed the trio Peter, Paul and Mary, which soon after became one of the most successful folk groups in the USA. The Coen brothers decided not to tell the success story of a subsequent legend, but that of the "Anti-Dylan" who "may have performed in front of him or next door on that historic evening".


The Interopa Film GmbH took over the German synchronization, after a dialogue book by Klaus Bickert and a dialogue directed by Frank Schaff .

role actor Voice actor
Llewyn Davis Oscar Isaac Julien Haggège
Jean Carey Mulligan Maria Koschny
Jim Justin Timberlake Robin Kahnmeyer
Pappi Corsicato Max Casella Gerald Schaale
Roland Turner John Goodman Klaus Sunshine
Johnny Five Garrett Hedlund Martin Kautz
Mitch Gorfein Ethan Phillips Tobias Lelle
Mel Novikoff Jerry Grayson Friedrich Georg Beckhaus
Al Cody Adam Driver Robert Glatzeder
Troy Nelson Strong sands Ricardo Richter
Bud Grossman F. Murray Abraham Friedhelm Ptok
Joy Jeanine Serralles Natascha Geisler


For the soundtrack, the Coen brothers hired T-Bone Burnett again , who was already involved in the production of O Brother, Where Art Thou? was involved. As a proven connoisseur of American music history, Burnett compiled a list of eligible titles. Oscar Isaac convinced the producers with his interpretation of the traditional Hang me, oh hang me, which served as the basis for the application for the casting. In addition to T-Bone Burnett, Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake , Marcus Mumford , Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers , Gillian Welch and David Rawlings also contributed to the soundtrack .

In September 2013, the producers held the promotional concert Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis' in New York . a. Elvis Costello , Joan Baez , Patti Smith , Jack White and Lake Street Dive performed. The event was documented; the concert film and the soundtrack appeared on Nonesuch Records .


The film was consistently received positively in the German press. The main actor Oscar Isaac , the staging of the music scenes and the humor in the film received multiple praise . Inside Llewyn Davis considers Zeit a “film that is successful in every way: a well-rounded plot (which is not only due to the cat); a skilful staging; an outstanding leading actor; an outstanding supporting character; a thousand hidden clues for the many Dylan and folk fans; lots of Coen humor for those who love him; and enough material to think about in times when failure leads to social exclusion. " Spiegel Online writes of" gorgeous cinema "with" cunningly witty dialogues "," the timing of the situation comedy is perfect, the secondary characters grotesque ". The Süddeutsche Zeitung particularly emphasizes humor: “The Coens have meanwhile advanced to a dimension of humor that is basically inexplicable. You might as well cry and you won't have the faintest idea what happened to you afterwards. ”She considers the film's underlying idea of ​​the undiscovered genius broken by his unswerving calling to be“ the saddest idea the brothers have ever had would have. But because they are geniuses who have made their way around the world, they still turned out to be one of their funniest films. ”The appearance of John Goodman as a rich, drug-addicted jazz musician is also rated positively by many critics. A critic from even claimed that this scene alone made the film worth seeing.

In 2016, Inside Llewyn Davis was ranked 11th in a BBC poll of the 100 most important films of the 21st century .


Oscar 2014
  • nominated in the category "Best Camera"
  • nominated in the "Best Sound" category
Golden Globe 2014
Cannes Film Festival 2013
  • Jury Grand Prize for Ethan and Joel Coen
  • nominated for the "Golden Palm": Ethan and Joel Coen
New York Film Festival 2013
  • nominated in the “Best Film” category for the Grand Marnier Fellowship Award
Hamburg Film Festival 2013
  • nominated for the "Art Cinema Award": Ethan and Joel Coen

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Age rating for Inside Llewyn Davis . Youth Media Commission .
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  5. Christoph Wagner: Folk, poetry and a cat. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . December 4, 2013, accessed December 7, 2013.
  6. a b c Wenke Husmann: This is how we want to fail. In: Zeit Online . December 3, 2013, accessed December 7, 2013.
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  11. Track list and credits. In:, accessed May 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Concert Film “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'” Now on iTunes. In: Nonesuch-Journal, March 13, 2014, accessed April 23, 2014.
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