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This is How Magic is Made: Watch Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke Rehearsing 'Before Midnight'

By Petr Knava | Videos | March 7, 2017 |

By Petr Knava | Videos | March 7, 2017 |

Hey, you know who has two thumbs and will use both of them to jab anyone who doesn’t agree that Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy is as good as cinema gets in the eyes?

This guy!

Well, those lovely cinephiles over at the Criterion Collection have recently added that shining cinematic gem to their collection, and to coincide with that a clip has been released of the central trio rehearsing one of the most powerful scenes in the whole trilogy.

It’s the argument in the hotel in Before Midnight. It’s a scene that—…well, if you’ll forgive me the indulgence of quoting myself here:

The two delve deep into the nature of their relationship, and they do not shy away from getting ugly. Knowing another person this well means having a devastating arsenal, ready to be deployed for maximum damage. The whole scene is written, staged, and performed with bewildering skill. It is harder to watch than most horror movies or pulse-pounding suspense scenes. It understands that a well done conversation between two well-developed characters can be the most gripping thing in the world.

In other words, it’s magic. Here, a glimpse of how magic is made:


Petr Knava
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