International criticism is unanimous in considering “Inside Llewyn Davis” – the new Coen brothers movie, released in Italian cinemas these days – a gripping tale of life (exciting and unfortunate) of Llewyn Davis (songwriter Dave Van Ronk) but also a heartfelt tribute to a deep musical culture unknown to the general public. A culture that has been taken over and included in the repertoires of some great artists, including visionary of the early sixties Bob Dylan. The career of the latter is superimposed (the film it is so subtle and poetic) to Van Ronk, overshadowing, a little later, the small successes of the many other artists who, like him, roamed the local of the Village of New York, where they performed from morning to night.
In addition to the film, which is steeped in music, to the extent that it is built on the performances of Davis and his colleagues in misfortune, what I would like to point out in these lines is the soundtrack. Which, as who knows the Coen brothers can imagine, is a masterpiece, not only for the selection of the songs, but also for the artists who were asked to interpret them. The album is already on sale and it was published by Nonesuch Records, the American label more attention to this kind of music and that published in the United States Vinicio Capossela and Paolo Conte records. The editor and arranger of the soundtrack is T Bone Burnett, American blues – folk musician, to which the Coens have already entrusted the care of other work, such as “Brother Where Art Thou” and “True Grit”. Among the performers (as well as a surprising Oscar Isaac, the protagonist of the film), there are some of the most important exponents of contemporary folk music, as Marcus Mumford, Chris Thile and Punch Brothers.
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