Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

TOBACCO INCIDENTS 543
AVG PER MINUTE 5.48
EDITION Sony Pictures Home Entertainment BLU-RAY released March 11, 2014
MOVIE SUMMARY A tired folksinger follows a cat around Greenwich Village NYC in the early 1960s.
TOBACCO IN SHORT The folksinger and title character Llewyn Davis is an irresponsible chainsmoker who visits coffeehouses where dozens of other people also smoke.
POSSIBLE SMOKESCREENS (?) The whole cat thing (whatever the fuck it is), the sad depressing songs, also the movie loops back on itself but with a slight variation of events.

TOBACCO INCIDENTS: 543

AVG PER MINUTE: 5.48

First visual frame at 0:32
Last visual frame at 99:25
Total visual running time: 98:53

# TIME ANGLE DESCRIPTION
1-2 1:50 MD A man holding a lit cigarette with long ash at center screen & a black ashtray clearly visible on the table.
This guy ain’t taking his cig to the hole, but the girl in the background happens to bring her arm up for no reason to give you a sense the completed gesture however fragmented. Already it’s abstract tobacco art.
3 2:03 MD A lit cigarette sits inside a similar black ashtray next to a woman.
4-8 2:07 ES At least four smokers & a similar black ashtray are visible in the crowd.
9-10 2:18 CU A woman ashes her cigarette into a grey glass ashtray & a black ashtray is visible eight inches away.
11-13 2:24 WS/OTS One lady holds a lit cigarette, one man takes a drag, another man exhales a puff of smoke.
Of the five people onscreen here, three of them are smoking and one is Oscar Isaak who is a pickin and a singin — he smokes later on.
14-21 2:52 WS At least five smokers, two black ashtrays & one grey glass ashtray are all visible in the crowd.
Eight incidents in one shot!!!!!!!!!!!!! And already making good use of the two different kinds of ashtrays.
22-23 3:40 WS A smoker & a black ashtray are visible in the crowd.
24 3:48 MD Smoke rises in front of the guy sitting just behind Oscar Isaak.
25-26 5:52 ES Two grey ashtrays are visible on the bar by character Poppy.
27-28 4:03 ES/2S Same two grey ashtrays are visible on the bar as Poppy talks to Oscar Isaak.
The club owner Poppy in the red shirt is the first (& also last) blast of noticeable color in this otherwise drab and depressing movie.
29 4:23 ES Silhouetted alley man raises his cigarette to take a drag.
30 4:29 ES Silhouetted alley man lowers his cigarette after taking a drag.
31 4:38 ES Silhouetted alley man raises his cigarette to take another drag.
32 4:45 ES/HH Silhouetted alley man takes a drag, drops his cigarette and walks over.
After dropping the cigarette, alley man punches Oscar Isaak square in the face with the same hand.
33 5:38 ES A pack of cigarettes & lighter are visible on the dresser as Llewyns Davis gets woke up by the cat.
34 5:59 MD A gold rimmed porcelain ashtray is visible on table behind Oscar Isaak playing guitar.
35 6:01 ES/WS Same gold rimmed porcelain ashtray is visible on table beside Oscar Isaak playing guitar.
* 6:21 ES An old Nabisco saltines tin is visible as Oscar Isaak makes scrambled eggs.
36 9:39 ES A giant red store sign reads: “Village Cigars” as Oscar Isaak exits the subway stairs.
Several other store signs are visible as well as a vertical banner for cigars & cigarettes.
37-38 10:46 ES/Dolly in A large ashtray holding a cigar is visible on character Mel’s desk & a stack of cigar boxes in background.
Mel’s desk also contains a decorative lighter and a large yellow dish containing dozens of matchbooks.
39-40 10:48 ES Same large ashtray holding a cigar & small brass ashtray are visible on Mel’s desk.
41-44 10:57 OTS Same large ashtray holding a cigar & small brass ashtray are visible on Mel’s desk. A cigar in breast pocket. Same cigar boxes in background.
45-47 11:16 OTS Same large ashtray holding a cigar is visible on Mel’s desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
48-50 11:22 OTS Same large ashtray holding a cigar is visible on Mel’s desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
51-52 11:41 MD Closer view of Mel shows same ashtray holding a cigar on desk & same cigar boxes in background.
53-55 11:47 MD Closer view of Mel shows same ashtray holding a cigar on desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
56-58 11:50 MD Closer view of Mel shows same ashtray holding a cigar on desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
59-61 11:57 MD Closer view of Mel shows same ashtray holding a cigar on desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
62-64 12:01 MD Closer view of Mel shows same ashtray holding a cigar on desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
65 12:15 LA Same cigar is visible in Mel’s breast pocket.
66 12:22 LA Same cigar is visible in Mel’s breast pocket.
67 12:29 LA Same cigar is visible in Mel’s breast pocket.
68-69 12:33 OTS Same large ashtray holding a cigar & small brass ashtray are visible on Mel’s desk.
70-72 12:37 MD Closer view of Mel shows same ashtray holding a cigar on desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
73-75 12:40 MD Closer view of Mel shows same ashtray holding a cigar on desk, same cigar in breast pocket, same cigar boxes in background.
76 13:16 ES A white ashtray is clearly visible on the table behind Jean.
77 14:04 ES Same white ashtray is clearly visible on the table behind Jean.
78 14:38 ES Smoke rises behind Oscar Isaak from another table.
79 14:41 MD/OTS Smoke rises behind the shoulder of an audience member & he begins to exhale smoke.
80-82 14:51 ES A pack of cigarettes & a grey glass ashtray on the table in front of Oscar Isaak & Jean, at least one smoker in background.
Jean’s bright red shirt here (albeit somewhat muted) is one of a few appearances of such a bright color.
83-86 14:58 WS At least three smokers & one ashtray are visible in the audience.
87 15:03 2S A smoker takes a drag in the background as Justin Timberlake arrives.
88-90 15:05 ES Same pack of cigarettes & ashtray on the table, also same background smoker.
91-93 15:17 ES Same pack of cigarettes & ashtray on the table, also same background smoker.
94 15:43 2S A man takes a drag in the background between Oscar Isaak & Justin Timberlake.
95-96 15:57 2S Two smokers are visible behind Justin Timberlake.
97 16:02 2S Smoke rises near same man in the background between Oscar Isaak & Justin Timberlake.
98 16:06 2S Same man behind Justin Timberlake takes a drag.
99-102 16:16 WS At least three smokers & one ashtray are visible in the audience.
103 16:23 2S Same man behind Justin Timberlake exhales some smoke.
104-106 16:38 ES Oscar Isaak gets a cigarette from the same pack now visible as Marlboros; same ashtray on table, same background smoker takes a drag.
107-109 16:50 ES Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette whilst drinking coffee; same ashtray on table, same background smoker takes a drag.
110-113 17:14 ES Same pack of cigarettes & ashtray on the table, same two background smokers are visible.
114-117 17:40 Dolly in Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette, same pack & ashtray on the table, same two background smokers are visible.
118-119 17:59 Dolly in Smoke rises in front of Oscar Isaak from his implied cigarette, same background smoker is visible.
120-122 18:17 MD Smoke rises in front of Oscar Isaak from his implied cigarette, same two background smokers are visible.
123-125 18:24 2S Oscar Isaak takes a drag from his cigarette, same two background smokers are visible.
126-128 18:40 2S Oscar Isaak takes a drag from his cigarette, same two background smokers are visible.
129-130 19:00 2S Smoke rises in front of Oscar Isaak from his implied cigarette, same background smoker is visible.
131 19:13 ES The cat sits on the window sill next to a wallet, a pack of cigarettes & a Zippo lighter.
132 20:30 MD Same pack of cigarettes is partially visible on the window sill beside a reclining Oscar Isaak.
133 20:33 ES Same white ashtray is partially visible on the table behind the yellow cereal bowl.
134 20:34 MD Same pack of cigarettes is partially visible on the window sill beside a reclining Oscar Isaak.
135 20:35 ES Same white ashtray is partially visible on the table behind the yellow cereal bowl.
136 20:44 MD Same pack of cigarettes is partially visible on the window sill beside a reclining Oscar Isaak.
137 20:50 MD Same pack of cigarettes is partially visible on the window sill beside a reclining Oscar Isaak.
138 20:53 ES Same white ashtray is partially visible on the table behind the yellow cereal bowl.
139 21:00 ES Same white ashtray is clearly visible after Troy picks up his yellow cereal bowl.
140 21:07 MD A reclining Oscar Isaak eyeballs the pack of cigarettes on the window sill.
141 21:10 ES Same white ashtray is clearly visible on the table.
142 21:14 MD Oscar Isaak sits up and reaches for his pack of cigarettes.
143 21:22 MD/Pan Oscar Isaak pulls out a cigarette with his lips and tosses the pack back on the window sill.
144 21:27 ES Same white ashtray is clearly visible on the table.
145 21:29 MD Oscar Isaak lights up his cigarette with a Zippo lighter.
146 21:33 ES Same white ashtray is clearly visible on the table.
147 21:36 MD Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette as he sits back on the couch.
148 21:38 ES Same white ashtray is clearly visible on the table.
149 21:40 CU Closer view of smoke rolling by Oscar Isaak from his implied cigarette.
150 21:46 MD/Whip pan Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette as the cat runs out the window.
151 21:49 HH Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette as he leans out the window.
152 20:50 MD Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette – view from outside the window.
153 20:51 MD Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette as he hits his head on the window.
154-155 20:52 MD Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette as he runs across the room & same white ashtray on table is visible.
* 21:55   Several brands are visible in the cupboard: Lipton tea bags, Mister Salty, and Wheaties.
* 23:00 Dolly Oscar Isaak & Jean talk outside during winter which obviously gives the appearance of exhaling smoke.
Just thought I should mention that this is another one of those curious moments just like that one back in Fargo (1996) where smoking was as easy breathing. Hey… I like New York in June, how bout you?
156 25:20 ES A man takes a drag from a cigarette in the background as Oscar Isaak walks up the street.
* 25:43   Several brands are visible in the kitchen: Heinz Ketchup, Chef Boyardee, Hellmans Mayonnaise.
157 28:50 ES/Dolly in A small brass ashtray is clearly visible on the desk of the receptionist.
158 28:54 ES A large brown glass ashtray is clearly visible on the coffee table as Oscar Isaak waits.
* 29:15 ES Justin Timberlake asks Oscar Isaak if he can play a “Gibson” (brand name guitar).
159 29:45 CU/Pan Closeup of a guitar being played pans up to show Oscar Isaak singing with a lit a cigarette in his mouth.
160 29:53 OTS Oscar Isaak takes the lit cigarette out of his mouth in front of Justin Timberlake talking.
161 29:56 CU Oscar Isaak exhales a puff of smoke & smoke rises from the implied cigarette.
162 30:01 OTS Oscar Isaak takes a drag from his cigarette while listening to Justin Timberlake.
163 30:08 CU Oscar Isaak gestures then returns the cigarette to his mouth.
164-165 30:11 3S Oscar Isaak with a lit cigarette in his mouth practicing with Justin Timberlake; a small ashtray is visible on the music stand.
166 30:18 CU Oscar Isaak with a lit cigarette in his mouth continues to practice.
167-168 30:22 3S Oscar Isaak ashes his cigarette into the same small ashtray on the music stand.
169 30:30 OTS Smoke rises in front of Justin Timberlake from Oscar Isaak’s implied cigarette offscreen.
170 30:40 WS/OTS Wide shot from the control room shows Oscar Isaak taking a drag from his cigarette.
171 30:45 3S A cigarette rests inside the same small ashtray on the music stand in front of Oscar Isaak, Justin Timberlake & Al Cody.
172 30:51 3S Same small ashtray on the music stand in front of Oscar Isaak, Justin Timberlake & Al Cody.
173 31:25 3S Same small ashtray on the music stand in front of Oscar Isaak, Justin Timberlake & Al Cody.
174 31:52 ES A man seated in the back of the control room takes a drag from a cigarette.
175 31:54 3S Same small ashtray on the music stand in front of Oscar Isaak, Justin Timberlake & Al Cody.
176 32:08 ES Same man seated in the back of control room takes a drag from a cigarette.
177 32:13 3S Same small ashtray on the music stand in front of Oscar Isaak, Justin Timberlake & Al Cody.
178 32:16 ES Same man seated in the back of control room exhales some smoke.
179 32:19 3S Same small ashtray on the music stand in front of Oscar Isaak & Justin Timberlake.
180 32:50 ES A large glass ashtray is clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
Funny this large ashtray, the model used in Hudsucker no doubt, should appear now as a real down turn begins for Llewyn beginning with signing away his artist royalties on a pop song.
181 33:05 ES Same large glass ashtray is clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
182 33:27 ES Same large glass ashtray is clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
183-185 33:42 ES Same large ashtray holding a cigar on Mel’s desk, new large ashtray on stand in front & same cigar boxes in background.
* 33:45 MD Mel’s secretery types on a Smith-Corona brand typewriter.
Probably a coincidence but still interesting to note that even when the logo on the typewriter carriage moves behind the dish here, it is still somewhat visible in the reflection on the desk.
186 33:47 MD A man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
187 33:56 MD Same man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
188 34:04 MD Same man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
189 34:09 MD Same man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
190 34:13 MD Same man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
191 34:18 MD Same man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
192 34:23 MD Same man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
193 34:25 MD Same man on the record poster/artwork behind Oscar Isaak appears to be smoking a cigar.
194-196 34:30 ES Three caricatures of Mel with a cigar in his mouth are clearly visible behind Oscar Isaak — one is very similar to the previous piece.
This is a major breakthrough — what always felt like good texture on the walls here was actually some caricatures that contained cigars all along — all of which I never noticed until just now.
197-200 34:46 ES Same three caricatures of Mel with cigars & a guitar made of cigar boxes are visible behind Oscar Isaak.
201-204 34:53 ES Same three caricatures of Mel with cigars & a guitar made of cigar boxes are visible behind Oscar Isaak.
205 35:10 ES A small ashtray next to the phone is visible as Oscar Isaak enters Al Cody’s apartment.
206 35:20 ES Continued from previous: camera pans down slightly to reveal a new glass ashtray in foreground as Oscar Isaak sits on the couch.
In this modest sheltered setting bookended by lamps, Oscar Isaak is suddenly surrounded by some basic needs: apartment = shelter / plate = food / mug = drink / phone = communication / books = knowledge / records & player = entertainment / ashtrays = smoking WTF!
207 35:38 HA Same ashtray next to phone is visible as Oscar Isaak leans over to his box of records.
208 35:45 WS Same glass ashtray is clearly visible in foreground as Oscar Isaak tries to hide his box.
209 36:20 MD A man holding a cigarette is visible as Jean enters the cafe door.
210-215 36:23 ES Oscar Isaak smoking a cigarette & at least two others smoke cigarettes; also two glass ashtrays & a pack of cigarettes are visible.
216 36:30 MD Same man holding a cigarette is visible behind Jean.
217-219 36:34 OTS Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette; an empty pack & a glass ashtray are clearly visible on the table.
220 36:39 MD Same man holding a cigarette is visible behind Jean.
221-223 36:43 OTS Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette; an empty pack & a glass ashtray are clearly visible on the table.
224 36:48 MD Same man exhales smoke behind Jean.
225-227 36:51 OTS Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette; an empty pack & a glass ashtray are clearly visible on the table.
228-230 36:57 MD Same glass ashtray now visible in front of Jean & Llewyn’s hand puts out a cigarette. Same man holding a cigarette is visible behind Jean.
231-232 37:03 OTS Oscar Isaak finishes putting out his cigarette in the same glass ashtray & same empty pack of cigarettes are clearly visible.
233 37:06 MD Same man holding a cigarette is visible behind Jean.
234-235 37:08 OTS Same glass ashtray which is smoking & empty pack of cigarettes are both clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
236-237 37:17 MD Same glass ashtray on table in front of Jean & same man holding a cigarette behind Jean.
238-239 37:20 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
240 37:25 MD Same man smoking a cigarette is visible behind Jean.
241 37:35 MD Same man holding a cigarette is visible behind Jean.
242-243 37:40 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
244-245 37:45 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
246 37:47 MD Same man holding a cigarette is visible behind Jean.
247-248 37:50 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
249-250 37:57 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
251-252 38:05 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are clearly visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
253-254 38:07 MD Same glass ashtray & same guy smoking in background behind Jean as Oscar Isaak rushes out the door.
255 38:09 WS A woman smoking a cigarette is visible through the window behind Jean.
256-257 38:34 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are visible in front of Oscar Isaak & cat.
258-259 38:39 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are visible in front of Oscar Isaak & cat.
260-261 38:51 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are visible in front of Oscar Isaak & cat.
262-263 39:00 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are visible in front of Oscar Isaak & cat.
264-266 39:06 OTS Same glass ashtray & empty pack of cigarettes are visible in front of Oscar Isaak & cat. A man in background takes a drag from a cigarette.
* 39:53 ES A General Electric refrigerator is visible; Hellmans mayo & Smuckers jam inside, Wonder bread on top.
267-268 39:53 ES Two glass ashtrays are clearly visible as Oscar Isaak gets milk fromt the refrigerator.
269-270 40:09 ES A pack of cigarettes & a tobacco pipe are partially visible on the doctor’s desk & a rack full of tobacco pipes is clearly visible in the background.
271-273 40:14 OTS Same pack of cigarettes, tobacco pipe & a glass ashtray are visible on the doctor’s desk in front of Oscar Isaak.
274-276 40:24 ES/OTS Same pack of cigarettes & tobacco pipe on desk, same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
277-278 40:27 OTS Same pack of cigarettes & glass ashtray are visible on the doctor’s desk in front of Oscar Isaak.
279-281 40:34 ES/OTS Same pack of cigarettes & tobacco pipe on desk, same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
282-284 40:38 OTS Same pack of cigarettes, tobacco pipe & glass ashtray are visible on the doctor’s desk in front of Oscar Isaak.
285-287 40:43 ES/OTS Same pack of cigarettes & tobacco pipe on desk, same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
288-290 40:45 OTS Same pack of cigarettes, tobacco pipe & glass ashtray are visible on the doctor’s desk in front of Oscar Isaak.
291-293 40:47 ES/OTS Same pack of cigarettes & tobacco pipe on desk, same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
294-296 40:53 OTS Same pack of cigarettes, tobacco pipe & glass ashtray are visible on the doctor’s desk in front of Oscar Isaak.
297 40:57 MD Closer view of the doctor; same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
298 41:07 MD Repeat of the doctor; same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
299 41:20 MD Repeat of the doctor; same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
300-302 41:39 ES/OTS Same pack of cigarettes & tobacco pipe on desk, same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
Strangely now a microscope is also visible in this repeating shot… Maybe the Coens are telling you to look more closely!
303-305 41:46 ES/OTS Same pack of cigarettes & tobacco pipe on desk, same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
306-308 41:52 ES/OTS Same pack of cigarettes & tobacco pipe on desk, same rack of tobacco pipes in background.
309-310 42:38 ES Bearded man holding a lit cigarette & an ashtray is visible on the lamp table in the Gorfein’s apartment.
311-312 42:56 ES Same bearded man holding a lit cigarette & at least one ashtray is visible.
313 43:02 OTS Smoke rises behind bearded man from his implied cigarette as he meets Oscar Isaak.
314 43:06 MD/OTS Closer view of bearded man holding a lit cigarette whilst talking to Oscar Isaak.
315 43:13 OTS Oscar Isaak dialog: “Hey, bum a cigarette?”
316-318 43:15 MD/OTS Repeat of bearded man holding a lit cigarette as he hands Oscar Isaak one from his pack.
319-320 43:18 OTS Repeat of bearded man holding a lit cigarette as he helps Oscar Isaak light his up.
321 43:30 MD/OTS Smoke rises between bearded man & Oscar Isaak from the implied cigarettes.
322-323 43:33 OTS Smoke rises beside bearded man & Oscar Isaak is holding a lit cigarette.
324-325 43:42 OTS Smoke rises beside bearded man & Oscar Isaak is holding a lit cigarette.
326 43:45 MD/OTS Smoke rises between bearded man & Oscar Isaak from the implied cigarettes.
327-328 43:48 OTS Bearded man & Oscar Isaak are both holding lit cigarettes.
329 44:00 MD Smoke rises beside Oscar Isaak from his implied cigarette.
330 44:04 MD Repeat of bearded man holding a lit cigarette.
331 44:06 MD Oscar Isaak holding a lit cigarette.
Strangely, everyone at the dinner table scene is wearing glasses except for Oscar Isaak; the one who seems to forego any kind of knowledge.
332 47:44 MD Johnny Five takes a drag from his cigarette.
333 47:52 MD Johnny Five holding a lit cigarette.
334 48:12 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
335 48:27 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
336 48:34 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
337 48:56 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
338 49:30 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
339 50:14 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
* 51:12 ES Several Gulf signs & a Coca-Cola machine are visible at the gas station.
340-341 51:12 ES Johnny Five & Oscar Isaak smoke cigarettes as John Goodman heads for the bathroom.
* 51:22 FS Oscar Isaak exits the gas station drinking a bottle of Coca-Cola.
342 51:24 WS Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth as Oscar Isaak exits the gas station.
343 51:32 WS Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth waiting by the restroom.
344 51:56 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
345 52:08 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
346 52:36 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
347 52:53 CU Johnny Five exhales a puff of smoke.
* 56:08 ES An advertisement for Champion spark plugs is visible.
348+1 56:15   Oscar Isaak asks: “Bum a cigarette?” to which Johnny Five replies “I’m out.”
349 56:33 OTS Johnny Five lights up a cigarette with a Zippo lighter.
About 15 seconds later, Johnny Five lights up another cigarette. I guess he wasn’t “out” after all.
350-358 56:42 ES Johnny Five holds a lit cigarette & at least eight ashtrays are visible in the diner.
359-361 57:50 MD Two ashtrays & a pack of cigarettes are partially visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
362-363 57:53 2S Johnny Five holds a lit cigarette & at least one ashtray is visible.
364-365 58:10 2S Johnny Five holds a lit cigarette & at least one ashtray is visible.
366 58:20 2S Johnny Five holds a lit cigarette.
367 58:34 MD Johnny Five holds a lit cigarette.
368 58:39 MD Smoke rises in front of Oscar Isaak from Johnny Five’s implied cigarette.
369-371 58:41 WS At least three ashtrays are visible in the diner.
372-374 58:45 MD Two ashtrays & a pack of cigarettes are partially visible in front of Oscar Isaak.
375 59:49 Dolly Johnny Five exhales a puff of smoke as he enters the bathroom.
376 59:56 CU Johnny Five takes a drag then begins to flick his cigarette.
377 60:01 WS Johnny Five flicks his lit cigarette.
378 60:18 CU Johnny Five with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
* 64:09 ES/Dolly in A “No Smoking” sign is clearly visible at the back of the bus.
* 64:14 WS A “No Smoking” sign is clearly visible at the front of the bus.
379-380 64:23 ES Two men are smoking just down the dinette counter from Oscar Isaak.
381 64:36 ES/HA A black plastic ashtray full of butts is visible as Oscar Isaak opens the phone book.
382 64:51 CU/HA Same black plastic ashtray is partially visible.
383-384 64:56 WS Two black plastic ashtrays are partially visible as Oscar Isaak returns to the dinette counter.
385-389 65:09 ES/TS Two smokers & three large metal ashtrays are visible as Oscar Isaak rests at the train station.
390 67:10 ES An ashtray is clearly visible on Bud Grossman’s desk.
391 67:19 ES Same ashtray clearly visible on Bud Grossman’s desk.
392 67:47 MD/OTS A silver cigarette case & lighter are visible on Bud Grossman’s desk.
393 67:51 MD/OTS Same silver cigarette case on Bud Grossman’s desk.
394 67:58 MD/OTS Same silver cigarette case on Bud Grossman’s desk.
395 68:02 MD/OTS Same silver cigarette case on Bud Grossman’s desk.
396 68:16 MD/OTS Same silver cigarette case on Bud Grossman’s desk.
397-398 68:30 CU Same silver cigarette case is visible & Oscar Isaak holds a lit cigarette on his own album cover.
At 73:13 is where Oscar Isaak walks directly in deep snow rather than the clear pavement nearby.
399 77:24 ES The Merchant Marine clerk is holding a lit cigar.
400-401 77:26 MD Smoke rises in front of Oscar Isaak from the clerk’s implied cigar & one smoker in background.
402 77:28 ES Same Merchant Marine clerk holding a lit cigar.
403 77:30 MD Same smoker is visible behind Oscar Isaak.
404 77:33 ES Same Merchant Marine clerk holding a lit cigar.
405 77:40 MD Same Merchant Marine clerk holding a lit cigar.
406 77:43 MD Smoke rises in front of Oscar Isaak.
407 77:48 ES Same Merchant Marine clerk holding a lit cigar.
408 77:53 MD Smoke rises in front of Oscar Isaak.
409-410 77:55 ES Same Merchant Marine clerk holding a lit cigar & smoke blows in from offscreen.
411-412 78:00 MD Oscar Isaak puts his ciagarette out in an ashtray & same smoker in background.
413 78:03 ES Same Merchant Marine clerk holding a lit cigar.
414-416 78:09 MD Same ashtray on desk & same two smokers behind Oscar Isaak.
417 78:30 ES Same Merchant Marine clerk with his cigar layed on the desk.
418 78:37 ES Same Merchant Marine clerk with his cigar layed on the desk.
419 78:58 ES Two ashtrays are visible inside Oscar Isaak’s father’s room.
420 82:53 ES A black ashtray is visible on the coffee table in the lounge.
421 83:00 MD An ashtray is partially visible next to the kid eating breakfast.
422 83:21 MD Same ashtray & matchbook visible next to the kid eating breakfast.
423 83:40 MD Same ashtray & matchbook visible next to the kid eating breakfast.
424 84:00 MD Same ashtray & matchbook visible next to the kid eating breakfast.
425 84:59 ES A porcelain ashtray is clearly visible on the end table as Jean sits on the couch.
426 85:05 ES Same porcelain ashtray is clearly visible on the end table.
427-429 88:01 ES Two ashtrays are visible on the bar beside Oscar Isaak & one smoker in background.
430-434 88:24 WS At least four smokers & one ashtray are visible in the audience.
435 88:43 2S Same ashtray visible on the bar beside Oscar Isaak.
436 89:04 2S Same ashtray visible on the bar beside Oscar Isaak.
437 89:26 2S Same ashtray visible on the bar beside Oscar Isaak.
438-443 89:36 WS At least two smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
444-448 89:41 WS At least four smokers & one ashtray are visible in the audience.
449 89:44 2S Same ashtray visible on the bar beside Oscar Isaak.
450-455 89:50 WS At least four smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
456-460 89:58 WS At least four smokers & one ashtrays are visible in the audience.
461 90:03 FS Smoke rises from behind a woman in the audience.
462-463 90:13 WS Two smokers are visible in the audience.
464-467 90:24 WS At least two smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
468-471 90:26 WS At least three smokers & one ashtray are visible in the audience.
472-475 90:29 WS Two smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
476-480 90:30 WS At least four smokers & one ashtray are visible in the audience.
481-485 90:35 WS At least three smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
486 90:38 FS One smoker is visible in the audience.
487-492 90:41 WS At least four smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
493 90:44 WS At least three smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
494-498 90:53 WS At least three smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
499 90:56 OTS Same ashtray visible on the bar as Oscar Isaak shoves Poppy.
500-504 90:58 ES At least five smokers are visible in the line of people outside.
505 91:53 ES/Dolly Same ashtray visible on the lamp table in the Gorfein’s apartment.
506 92:45 CU Closeup of a pack of Marlboro cigarettes & a Zippo lighter as some coins fall on the table.
507 92:47 ES Same pack of Marlboro cigarettes & lighter visible on the table beside Oscar Isaak.
508 93:12 ES Same pack of Marlboro cigarettes & lighter visible on the table beside Oscar Isaak.
* 93:38 ES An advertisement/poster for PEZ candy is visible as Oscar Isaak walks up the street.
* 93:48 OTS A colorful movie poster for Walt Disney’s “The Incredible Journey” is clearly visible.
509-512 94:29 WS At least two smokers & two ashtrays are visible in the audience.
513 94:37 MD A man sitting just behind Oscar Isaak takes a drag from his cigarette.
514-515 95:07 WS At least two smokers are visible in the audience.
516 95:25 WS A woman in the audience takes a drag while watching Oscar Isaak perform.
517-522 95:33 WS At least three smokers & three ashtrays are visible in the audience.
523-527 96:19 WS At least two smokers & three ashtrays are visible in the audience.
528 96:47 WS One smoker is visible in the audience.
529-532 96:56 WS At least three smokers & one ashtray are visible in the audience.
533-534 97:08 ES Same two grey glass ashtrays are visible on the bar behind Poppy.
535 97:11 2S/OTS Smoke rises behind Poppy from the audience.
536 97:25 ES A smoker is visible in the audience as a young Bob Dylan-ish guy tunes his guitar.
537-539 97:30 ES A smoker & two ashtrays are visible in the audience as the young Bob Dylan-ish guy plays.
540 97:35 TS A woman begins to take a drag from her cigarette as Oscar Isaak walks by.
541 97:42 ES Same silhouetted alley man raises his cigarette to take a drag.
542 97:46 ES Same silhouetted alley man lowers his cigarette after taking a drag.
543 97:52 ES Silhouetted alley man takes a drag, drops his cigarette and walks over.

Additional Thoughts…

Another deeply heartfelt effort by the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is actually a dry, desaturated color film about a depressed young folksinger who is somewhat down on his luck. The titular character Llewyn Davis sings songs, smokes cigarettes, and crashes on people’s couches… He even turns down music royalties in favor of the quick buck. This guy lives much like the restless cat that he chases around town.

Similar to the Coen brothers’ earlier film O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), this film features another great selection of astonishing music. Said to be the Coen brothers’ fourth collaboration with famous music producer T-Bone Burnett, many of the acoustic songs played during Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) are played complete which definitely helps the impact. The first time I saw Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) I found the film to be mildly entertaining but the songs were extremely moving as they are in many of the Coen brothers’ films.

Overall, the looping story of the folksinger’s struggle was strange (as per usual Coens) but also done with a realism that only the Coen brothers seem to provide. It’s a brilliant movie but what really happens? Mostly nothing. Seriously, the more I look at these films and their place in the universe, the more I think the Coen brothers might be wasting our time with people talking and playing songs just to advertise some cigarettes. I mean who can forget pithy dialog like this…


MEL: Ginny, where’s Cincinnati?
WOMAN: What?
MEL: Cincinnati, it’s not in here.
WOMAN: It should be in there.
MEL: It’s not in here, I’m telling you.
WOMAN: Cincinnati?
MEL: Yeah.
WOMAN: I got it.
MEL: What?
WOMAN: I got it.
MEL: You got Cincinnati?
WOMAN: Yeah, you want it?
MEL: Could I have it?
WOMAN: Should I bring it in?
MEL: Yeah.


Mind blowing. I know it was just a simple gag during the movie but shit even Llewyn Davis was bored out of his mind up onscreen during this scene, so what were we as viewers supposed to be thinking or feeling at this point? Either way, this boring scene gave viewers a chance to see all of the wonderful posters and characitures on Mel’s wall — many of them being cartoons of Mel with a cigar in his mouth. Even that in itself is seriously subtle but ultimately it all just feels like realistic background texture.

Many reviews also declare this film to be a “realistic portrayal” of the NYC folk music scene in the 1960s. You know, right before Bob Dylan blew that shit up. And it probably is a realistic portrayal… But that’s not the point. The Coen brothers really seem to want you to smell the cigarette smoke of the large crowd scenes and coffee houses depicted in this film. And they do a really good job of it. It’s obvious that alot of time was spent choreographing and working on the continuity of these kind of scenes. I can just imagine Joel & Ethan telling each of these extras exactly when to take a drag from their cigarette. The editing is really just masterful when it comes to the subtlety of the tobacco products carefully sprinkled around each of the coffeehouse scenes. Trust me, this kind of shit doesn’t just happen by accident.

Obviously it was the film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) where I began to notice the dozens of people needlessly smoking in the underground coffeehouses. But I was noticing something else too. In this picture (just as in every other Coen brothers’ film) there was always something else going on just above our head, so to speak. There is always something just a little bit peculiar about each and every individual scene that I couldn’t quite place. Watching many of the Coen brothers’ films, there is always that nervous, anxious feeling. Most viewers probably couldn’t put their finger on it, but I’m starting to think I know exactly what that little “something” is.

Ultimately, it was Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) which helped to cause the first gigantic spark in my brain when it came to actually writing this book. When I popped in the BLU-RAY disc for Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and arrived at the menu, I was treated to a lovely still image of the film’s star, the titular folksinger Llewyn Davis (played by actor Oscar Isaak) with his guitar poised in front of a classic microphone & a lit cigarette in his mouth; and of course some cigarette smoke billowing up nicely over a dark background. Yet it was this single solitary image — combined with my years of admiration for the Coen brothers’ films — that suddenly and unexpectedly caused the massive explosion of thought and speculation in my brain. The Coen brothers’ dirty agenda came rushing into my mind — as I mentioned, I saw it all so clearly like a nice long illustrated Egyptian scroll.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is loosely based on the book “The Mayor of MacDougal Street” written by folk musician Dave Van Ronk. Some of Llewyn Davis’s music played during the movie was actually inspired by Dave Van Ronk. When you see the original book cover for The Mayor of MacDougal Street, you might actually understand how the Coen brothers came to choose this particular photo to base a story around… The cover is basically a man standing on a stoop smoking a cigarette with a cat creeping nearby.

The Coens basically recreated this same image for the “Inside Llewyn Davis” album cover seen within the movie (however the creeping cat is covered up by someone’s hand). In my opinion, the Coen brothers probably select previous works like these kinds of albums, books, or photos because it helps to absolve them from any sin… After all, the Coen brothers are not adding tobacco into the story, they are merely trying to capture the story accurately… right? I mean, they can’t reproduce a story accurately without reproducing the tobacco parts too, now can they? The Coen brothers just love to be authentic.

In this film, the titular character Llewyn Davis stays healthy by eating a single banana at his sister’s house, he stays hydrated by drinking a Coca-Cola at a gas station on the road to Chicago, but otherwise the only items we see Llewyn Davis ingest during the film are cigarettes. He can even smoke a cigarette whilst a pickin’ and a singin’.

There’s another little interesting part in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) that I also wanted to mention. It’s that thing where the Coen brothers drop a couple of the main characters outside in the middle of winter so that their steamy breath actually looks like exhaled smoke. Around 23 minutes into this film, main character Llewyn Davis and his ex-girlfriend Jean talk outside and exhale the smoke very beautifully whilst sitting on a park bench. This steamy breath looking like cigarette smoke technique also harkens back to another Coen brothers’ mega-hit called Fargo (1996).