Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, is a dark comedy about a week in the life of an aspiring folk singer played by Oscar Isaac. Loosely based on real life folk musician Dave Van Ronk’s posthumous auto-biography The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the film takes place predominately in the Greenwich Village area, during the folk revival scene of the early 1960’s. The film has received numerous awards and nominations from film institutions and critic circles around the country.
The Coens decided to shoot most of the film on location in Greenwich Village and in Queens. Here is a list of film locations where the Coen Brothers filmed their 19th feature film.
1. The Gaslight Café
The Gaslight Café did, in fact, exist in the West Village at 116 Macdougal Street. The real-life location for most of the film’s musical performances is now a Tattoo shop. However, before its closure in 1971, the Café hosted performers like Dave Van Ronk, Bill Cosby, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and many others, when they were starting out and looking for a place to play. The interiors were filmed in a warehouse in Crown Heights, but the exteriors were shot on East 9th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A.