Saturday, August 3, 2013

Before Sunrise (1995) Part I



I decided to watch the Before sunrise the first movie of the 'Before' trilogy. In order to understand something you have to start from the very beginning... Before Sunrise was the first film  of the franchise. The screen play in the first movie was credited to director Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan, an actress Richard employed to write the female perspective, even though he searched for actors that could write to contribute to the story. 


Linklater wanted to explore the “relationship side of life and discover two people who had complete anonymity and try to find out who they really were.” He put Jesse and Celine together in a foreign country because “when you’re traveling, you’re much more open to experiences outside your usual realm.” He and Krizan talked about the concept of the film and the characters for a long time. Then, they worked on an outline followed by the actual script which was written in 11 days!






Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the two leading actors, received equal screenwriting credit on the later two movies. The realness of the dialogue became the key component of the success of the movies... Before Sunrise starts in a train when Celine and Jesse meet and start talking... And then they talk and talk and talk about everything, love, family, exes, future, death, basically every topic that matters...





The best thing about the movie is that it invites you in and makes you feel that you're apart of the conversation, you feel that you are talking with them smiling at their references, apart of the movie or a third wheel. Their 24 hour journey gets them moving from one place to the other in Vienna, meeting authentic characters like the two 'funny' actors, the palm reader(funny thing was I had a thought, more like an objection, during that scene and Ethan or Jesse said it out loud! I Loved that), and the dapper looking poet bum... A lot of scenes touched me emotionally, but the scene that knocked the movie out of the park was the telephone scene. It was as if they had a poker face to their true feelings and just like that they both dropped it!


The movie ends with a cliffhanger, a will they won't they conclusion. Perhaps that was when idea of a sequel arose.
I leave you with a thought provoking quote from the movie: 
"You know what drives me crazy? All these people talking about how great technology is and how it saves all this time. But what good is saved time if nobody uses it? It just turns into more busy work, right? You never hear somebody say, 'Well, with the time I've saved by using my Word Processor, I'm gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out." Jesse 
 

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