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Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater is a young American director responsible for some excellent semi-improvised dramas and fine ensemble comedies, as well as for attempting to create animated feature films for adults. He is more interested in real characters than in mechanics of cinema.

His first film to gain wide attention was Slacker (91), which was followed closely by Dazed and Confused (93), an ensemble piece which follows a group of students on the last day of school in 1976. The film, complete with authentic 70s soundtrack, was a cult success. Linklater repeated the trick of setting a film in a single day with Before Sunrise (95), a charming romantic drama in which an American tourist (Ethan Hawke) meets a Parisian woman (Julie Delpy) on a train and spends 24 hours with her. Such was the demand to find out what happens to the characters, Linklater wrote and directed a sequel, Before Sunset (04), which completed the story believably.

Linklater directed the low-key and edgy project Tape (01), based on...

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Before Midnight
Me and Orson Welles
A Scanner Darkly
Bad News Bears
Before Sunset
School of Rock
Before Sunrise
Dazed and Confused