What's Real in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Drawing the facts out from the fiction in the Coen Brothers' new film
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Alison Rosa

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Llewyn's Trademark Tune

The movie begins and ends at Greenwich Village's The Gaslight club, with Davis performing "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me," an old favorite of Van Ronk's. The latter sang the traditional folk song on his 1962 effort Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger, with a bit more grit than Davis' portrayer, the Julliard-trained Oscar Isaac does, but as Davis says in the film, "If it's never new and it never gets old, it's a folk song."

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