With Graham Reynolds, composer of Before Midnight …
In the first of a series of film-based podcasts, I look at Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight. Not only was it my favourite film of 2013, but it was also the third film in one of my all-time favourite series – following the classic Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).
When we meet Jesse (Ethan Hawke) & Celine (Julie Delpy) this time around, they’ve been together for the last eight years and have started to become like any other couple who have been together for a while. It’s the same characters you know and love, but real life has crept in and made its presence known. The idealised romance of the first two films has given way to the realities of day-to-day life, including the arrival of twin girls.
Unlike the previous films, Before Midnight is also the first to feature an original score, composed by Austin-based musician and frequent Richard Linklater collaborator, Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, I’ll Come Running). The soundtrack proved to be a haunting addition to an already stellar production and (like the film itself) has stayed with me long after the credits rolled.
Graham agreed to be my first guest on PCH @ The Movies, and so we talked about why he got into music, what led him to doing film scores, how he first met Richard Linklater, and what it was like working on Before Midnight. It’s a fascinating glimpse into another world, but all done with the usual PCH flair and style. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure into the world of film beyond comics.
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