The Before Trilogy [Criterion Collection] [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • After Before, a new documentary by Athina Rachel Tsangari about the making of Before Midnight in Greece
  • Audio Commentary on Before Midnight by Delpy, Linklater, and Hawke
  • Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the productions of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset
  • Episode of the radio program Fresh Air featuring host Terry Gross, Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke
  • Linklater//On Cinema & Time, a new video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
  • New conversation between scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater's work
  • New discussion between Linklater actor-cowriters Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by critic Kent Jones
  • New, restored 2k digital transfers of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset andn a 2k digital master of Before Midnight, approved by Director Richard Linklater
  • Plus: An essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lin
  • Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny, a feature-length 2016 documentary by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein

Synopsis

Before Sunset
Richard Linklater directs the romantic drama Before Sunset, a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995). Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) were strangers who spent a loquacious night together in Vienna. Nine years later, Jesse has written a book about the encounter. During his accelerated European book tour, he reunites with Celine in Paris. Before Jesse's flight home, he joins Celine for a picturesque walk around Paris peppered with intimate conversation: at first, about the minutiae of their day-to-day lives and their relationships, and then about their lingering feelings for one another. Before Sunset was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Before Sunrise
Richard Linklater's third feature -- set, like his other works, over the course of one 24-hour period -- Before Sunrise is a sweet, intelligent romantic comedy filmed primarily in Austria. It stars Ethan Hawke as Jesse, a young American travelling through Europe. On a train he meets Celine, a French student portrayed by Julie Delpy. Together they leave the train to begin exploring the city of Vienna, walking and talking into the wee hours of the night and slowly falling in love as the minutes before Jesse's return to the U.S. tick away. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Before Midnight
Nine years after Before Sunset, their highly-regarded sequel to Before Sunrise, director Richard Linklater reteams with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, which finds their characters together raising twin daughters. Jesse (Hawke) attempts to maintain a relationship with Hank, his teenage son from his first marriage, but their bond is strained even though Hank has just spent the summer with his dad and step-family. Meanwhile, Celine (Delpy) must make a difficult decision about her career. As with Before Sunset, Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy share credit for the screenplay. Before Midnight screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as well as the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ethan Hawke
    Ethan Hawke - Jesse
  • Julie Delpy
    Julie Delpy - Celine
  • Vernon Dobtcheff
    Vernon Dobtcheff - Bookstore Manager
  • Rodolphe Pauly
    Rodolphe Pauly - Journalist #2
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    Diabolo - Philippe
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