By Aditya Savnal. Posted on September 13, 2014
Much like our lives, time plays a crucial role in cinema. As a filmmaker, Richard Linklater gives great importance to using time as a key narrative element in his films. Perhaps this is why a sense of nostalgia engulfs the audience as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) evolve from being strangers having a mutual liking for each other in Before Sunrise to a couple forced to re-evaluate their relationship in Before Midnight.
The passage of time and the reluctance to accept the same is a permanent point of conversation between Jesse and Celine in all the three films. This struggle with time is what keeps the audience engaged and makes them a part of Jesse and Celine’s journey through all the films of the Sunrise/Sunset trilogy.
Linklater’s new film Boyhood takes the concept of narrating a story through the passage of time to a new level. The film was shot over a decade with the same set of actors and in the course of its making, Ellar Coltrane (who plays the protagonist) went from being a 5 year old kid to a teenager of 18.
In this video interview with Kogonada (filmmaker and film enthusiast) Linklater talks about how his films use 'time' to take the story forward. The video includes scenes from films such as Citizen Kane, 400 Blows and Linklater’s Sunrise/Sunset trilogy to highlight the pervasive influence of 'time structure' narrative on films in general and Linklater's films in particular.
Watch this interesting interview to better understand this storytelling tool and how it can help you share your story more effectively.
We are huge fans of Linklater and have written about him earlier. Check out this post we did sometime back where he talks about his early filmmaking experiences and how he learnt the ropes back then. Truly inspirational!