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‘Before’ Trilogy: Beautiful Video Shows Parallel Emotion From All Three of Linklater’s Films

Three chapters, one lifetime.

Julie Delpy Ethan Hawke Before Sunrise

Julie Delpy and Hawke in “Before Sunrise”

Columbia Pictures

Cinematic trilogies tend to be epic in scope: “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “A Fistful of Dollars.” Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy — 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight” — is an exception to that and many other rules, not least because it was never actually intended as a trilogy. The films simply come about one every decade or so, each of them feeling organic and necessary rather than tacked-on additions to a once-perfect story. In a new video, the parallels among the three films are laid out simultaneously.

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Lasting just over a minute long, “Three Chapters, One Lifetime” shows how any number of elements from the trilogy repeat themselves: shots of stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke walking and talking, shots of Delpy and Hawke…sitting and talking. It isn’t exactly revelatory that imagery from low-key, dialogue-heavy movies would recur, nor is that the point — it’s simply a chance to see it all side by side. There’s no diegetic sound accompanying the imagery, just a quiet piano piece.

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Linklater’s most recent film “Everybody Wants Some!!” was a spiritual successor to “Dazed and Confused,” which predates the entire “Before” trilogy. If tradition holds, we’ll find out whether there’ll be another film in that series sometime near 2022.


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