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Film Series : A Fine Romance

Before Sunrise

1995, Richard Linklater, USA, 101 min.
With Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 14th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 15th 4:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 20th 8:15pm

“Watching this movie is like falling in love.” — Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune.

“This film belongs among the dozen or so that exemplify ‘cinema’ at its finest.” — Robin Wood, Cineaction.

In his third film, Linklater blazed a new path for modern screen romance (LOST IN TRANSLATION is hugely indebted to it) while drawing gracefully on the grand tradition of BRIEF ENCOUNTER and AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER. Meeting by chance on a train from Budapest, American backpacker Jesse (Hawke) and Parisian student Celine (Delpy) decide to spend the night wandering through Vienna before his plane departs the next morning. As they walk, talk, flirt, fantasize, and mingle with the poets, punks, cafes, and Ferris wheels of Vienna, their brief time together becomes haunted by a sense of what might have been and what still might be. DCP digital. (MR)

For those to whom authenticity of format is most important, the 35mm print of BEFORE SUNRISE will shown at the 8:15 pm screening on Thursday.

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