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[First Look] Visit The 1960’s Set of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Screwball Comedy” ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Written by on February 16, 2012 

The Coen brothers only just kicked off shooting on their latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, but thanks to the internet and all the magic of photo uploading it grants, we already have some photos from the East Village set. You won’t be getting any shots of Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake or, much as it saddens me to say, John Goodman, but the Coen freak in me got pretty jazzed (folked?) at the mere sight of the duo working on another project; those who feel likewise about the siblings will probably have a similar reaction. (And don’t even get me started on the sight of The Gaslight.)

So, yes, most of what you’re getting here is interstitial and dependent entirely upon the locations — yet, all the same, who cares when it looks so pretty and bears so much cinematic promise? Speaking of promise, expectations, and what-not, I am a little bemused by the New York Times‘ designation of Llewyn Davis as a “screwball comedy.”

Now, Joel and Ethan Coen did the whole “screwball comedy” thing to perfection with 1994’s The Hudsucker Proxy — so, obviously, it’s territory I’d like to see them revisit at some point or another — but in all the coverage we’ve done on this film for five months, not once did a comedic impression seep into my mind. Screwball comedy, however, is an even bigger leap. Maybe they’re defying expectations here, and have decided to lampoon the whole ’60s folk culture? Much as I love and respect that movement, Lord knows there’s the potential for some comedy there.

See them above and below, in our convenient gallery.

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