Saturday, 8 June 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 174: Sun Jun 23

Before Sunrise (Linklater, 1995) & Before Sunset (Linklater, 2004):
Hackney Picturehouse, 3pm

This double-bill is also being screened at Clapham Picturehouse on Sunday 16 June at 2pm. Details here.

Before Before Midnight hits the screen take the chance to see the first two films in Linklater's celebrated trilogy.

Chicago Reader review of Before Sunrise:
Richard Linklater goes Hollywood (1995)—triumphantly and with an overall intelligence, sweetness, and romantic simplicity that reminds me of wartime weepies like The Clock. After meeting on a train out of Budapest, a young American (Ethan Hawke) and a French student (Julie Delpy) casually explore Vienna for 14 hours; what emerges from their impromptu date has neither the flakiness of Linklater's Slacker nor the generational smarts of his Dazed and Confused (though it's closer in its picaresque form and lyricism to the former), but it does manage to say a few things about the fragility and uncertainty of contemporary relationships. Linklater's tact in handling such potentially mawkish material is as evident in what he leaves out as in what he includes, and if Hawke sometimes seems a mite doltish and preening, Delpy is a consistent delight. Kim Krizan collaborated with Linklater on the script, which abounds in lively dialogue and imaginative digressions.
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here is the trailer.


Chicago Reader review of Before Sunset:
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), the young American and the Frenchwoman who met on a train and spent the day together in Vienna in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995), run into each other again nine years later, this time in Paris. What we see of their reunion unfolds in real time and lasts only 80 minutes, but it's so concentrated that the film is about the previous nine years as much as the breathless present. You won't need to have seen the earlier film to enjoy this to the utmost; in its performances, direction, and script (by Linklater, Kim Krizan, and the two actors), it's so perfectly conceived and executed that you may be hanging on every word and gesture. Just as romantic and compelling as the first film, this is a beautiful commentary on what might be described as nostalgia for the present.

Jonathan Rosenabum

Here is the trailer.

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