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The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' aims to keep 1960s folk scene real
The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' aims to keep 1960s folk scene real

NEW YORK — A single song bookends "Inside Llewyn Davis," the forthcoming film from Joel and Ethan Coen about a week in the life of a struggling singer in the New York folk scene of the early 1960s. It's a gentle guitar ballad starring a dangling noose called "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me," and its best-known version is by the late Dave Van Ronk, a towering singer whose recollections of Greenwich Village during the folk boom informed the narrative. In its opening scene, the movie focuses on the song as performed by the titular Davis, played by actor and musician Oscar Isaac. Shot in intimate close-up as he sings and picks on an acoustic guitar in a Village coffeehouse,...

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