Before Trilogy, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1995) / Region 1
Before Trilogy, The: The Criterion Collection

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Before Trilogy, The: The Criterion Collection

The cornerstone of director Richard Linklater's career-long exploration of cinematic time, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, and strains over the course of almost two decades. Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), from their first meeting as idealistic twentysomethings to the disillusionment they face together in middle age, The Before Trilogy also serves as a document of a boundary-pushing and extraordinarily intimate collaboration between director and actors, as Delpy nd Hawke imbue their characters with a sense of lived-in experience, and age on-screen along with them. Attuned to the sweeping grandeur of time's passage as well as the evanescence of individual moments, the Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 25 2017
  • Production Year 1995
  • Empire SKU 1889838
  • UPC Code 715515192217
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


New Discussion Between LinkLater and Actor-CoWriters Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, Moderated by Critic kent Jones
Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Interviews from the Priductions of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset
Audio Commentary on Before Midnight By Delpy, Linklater, and Hawke
Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, a feature-Length 2016 Documentary by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein
After Before, A New Documentary By Athina Rachel Tsangari about Making of Before Midnight in Greece.
New Conversatioin Between Scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater's work
Episode of the Radio Program Fresh Air Featuring Host Terry Gross, Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke
Linklater // On Cinema - Time, A new Video Essay by Filmmaker Kogonada
Plus: An Essay on the Trilogy by Critics Dennis Lim.


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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