The Before Trilogy- How to Have a Conversation

Richard Linklater’s The Before Trilogy serves as an example of how conversation itself can be placed at the forefront of a film, acting as its structure and driving force. Not only does Linklater’s dialogue drive the story, but each film in the trilogy is both alive and natural, with dialogue that feels spontaneous and improvised. In this video essay, The Royal Ocean Film Society looks at one of Linklater’s greatest talents: writing that doesn’t look like writing.



Criterion Collection

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Romantic Drama

Richard Linklater

The Before Trilogy