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Before Sunset, Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Before Sunset trailer
Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater [FESTIVAL TRAILER]

Before Sunset
Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

(Richard Linklater, 2004)
(Gabe Klinger, 2013)

Retrospective: Richard Linklater

On the occasion of the release of Boyhood—a film that many are already calling his masterpiece—we revisit the career of the revered American independent director Richard Linklater, picking up where a previous Wexner Center retrospective left off in 2000. Linklater has continued the often-audacious formal gestures found in his early films, such as Slacker (1991) and Dazed and Confused (1993), in such subsequent films as Tape, Boyhood, his Before trilogy (which we’re screening in full). He has also directed what quickly became an all-ages classic, School of Rock, along with a handful of other films that display his risk-taking and versatility. We’re honored to present this second retrospective of one our greatest directors.

Tue, Aug 5, 2014 7 PM

In Before Sunset, Jesse and Celine reconnect in Paris, where he is on a tour promoting his new best-seller based on their night in Vienna nine years earlier. The two are now both involved with other people (unhappily, they each discover), but their conversations and chemistry quickly resume from where they left off. (80 mins., 35mm) Double Play captures the unique friendship between Linklater and the experimental filmmaker James Benning. The film features many uninterrupted conversations between the two (echoing the formal tendencies of both filmmakers) as well as archival footage that illustrates the points of convergence between their respective bodies of work. Benning was the first filmmaker to receive a tribute at Linklater’s Austin Film Society in the early 1990s. (70 mins., DCP)

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