[Marxism] Joel and Ethan Coen: “My God, we don’t watch our own movies!” - Salon.com
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Thu Dec 5 03:46:41 MST 2013
I'll be watching this today:
Some say that the film's main character owes something to Dave Van Ronk
who was sympathetic to the Trotskyist movement in the early 60s. Here's
a relevant part of the Salon interview, where they deny such a connection.
E.C.: There was also a political factionalism that we kind of thought
the movie would get into, but it never really did as we were writing it.
It didn’t go there, except for the one gag.
J.C.: Yeah, about the disputes among the communists, between the
Trotskyites and the Shachtmanites.
Which is the only gag about the Shachtmanites in the history of cinema.
J.C.: [Laughter.] I’m pretty sure you’re right about that.
E.C.: This is also the only movie in the history of movies, I think, to
be certified kosher for Passover. We have a bug at the end. I’m proud
J.C. There’s another interesting part of that whole scene, which is that
Llewyn is a member of a labor union and all that. There’s this whole
scene in Union Square on 14th Street, where a guy that I know who was
involved in that scene said you used to have guys like Ewan MacColl in
the union halls, trying to teach the guys in the labor unions how to
sing these labor songs and folk songs. What was actually happening at
the time, of course, was that all the kids downstairs were listening to
Let’s talk about the resemblance, or non-resemblance, to the career and
biography of Dave Van Ronk.
E.C.: Oh, there isn’t any resemblance. It’s just the songs, some of the
songs. Here’s the thing: How do you stop something that isn’t true? Van
Ronk’s memoir is a very funny book. It’s a great book, it’s one of the
best depictions of this scene. We read it and pilfered a lot from it,
but nobody would ever mistake our character for Dave Van Ronk.
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