Coens recycle musical rivalries in “Inside Llewyn Davis”

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The closing moments of the Coen Bros “Llewyn Davis” distinctly refer to a struggle between two artistic strivers; the rapidly imploding and unsuccessful Llewlyn, a fictional character, eclipsed by a real-life rival who burned brighter — Bob Dylan. The film also hearkens an earlier aristic rivalry between a bright star and a perpetual under dog: that of composers Mozart and Salieri, pictured here in their movie personae from Milos Foreman’s wonderful movie, “Amadeus.” The presence in “Llewyn”of F. Murray Abraham, the actor who plays Salieri in the Mozart film, makes an intended comparison all the more more likely.

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