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The Coens Are Doing It Again

We’re already excited for fictionalized Dave Van Ronk biopic

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From the Coen Brothers' East Village set.(Mark Peterson/NY Mag)

Since the Oscars were last night all movie chatter should probably focus on that, and there will duly be a post soon, but first, can we talk about the forthcoming Coen Brothers movie about Dave Van Ronk?? They took over stretches of East 9th Street to recreate Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, when Van Ronk reigned as “the mayor of MacDougal Street.” New York has photographs (note the “Kettle of Fish” facade: The bar moved around the corner to Sheridan Square, but used to be on MacDougal). Van Ronk himself was not Jewish (and nor, presumably, will be the Coens’ fictional alter ego, Llewyn Davis), but the folkie milieu, up to and including Van Ronk protégé Bob Dylan (like the Coens, a Minnesotan), very much was. Sometimes I get anxious that the Coen Brothers are doing all the great stories and there won’t be any left. But then I’m thankful that at least they tend to do them justice. IMDB says it’s due in 2013. Here’s hoping it gets moved up to the fall.

Oh, and yeah, Justin Timberlake’s in it.

The New Mayors of Old MacDougal Street [NY Mag]

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Paul Brandon says:

As an old Van Ronk junkie I’m looking forward to it. His autobiography makes a good read.
Did you know that Peter Paul and Mary was nearly Peter Dave and Mary?

Lynne T says:

I look forward to seeing the Coen Bros’ flick as I loved Van Ronk’s recollections on a young Bob Dylan in “No Direction Home”, among them observing that rather than Dylan being the naive for eschewing political alliances, it was the committed leftists who were the naives.


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The Coens Are Doing It Again

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