Garnering massive notices from nearly every festival that it’s played, it was with a bit of puzzlement then that “Inside Llewyn Davis” only received two Independent Spirit Award nominations. We’re thinking the Golden Globes and Oscars are more the Coen Brothers’ ballpark anyway, but in the absence of any recent directing or screenplay nominations for their work, we’ve got two new clips from the film to showcase the consistent quality of both elements.
You’ve likely caught a hint of the film’s many music-driven sequences, either from its soundtrack or the numerous performances by the cast, but a new pair of scenes released give a sense of the Coens’ keen ear for snappy dialogue. One features Llewyn (Isaac) forced to play a song at dinner by the Gorfeins, his uptown academic friends, while the other takes place during an extended road trip to Chicago. Trapped in a car with a mumbly Garrett Hedlund and the cantankerous jazz musician Roland Turner (John Goodman), Llewyn gets pressed for details about his former music partner, and we get a sense of the incensed sadness at the core of his character—all conjured alongside Turner’s firm preferences for suicide hotspots in New York.
Check out the clips below (and our own exclusive clip from yesterday right here if you missed it), and all that’s left is to finally feast your eyes upon the Coens’ charming latest when “Inside Llewyn Davis” opens in theaters on December 6th.