Before Midnight’s Ethan Hawke And Julie Delpy Tell Moviegoers To Turn Off The Phone
You know what the problem with the Alamo Drafthouse is? That they havent branched off into every neighborhood in the country. Its one of the coolest theaters out there, in terms of the physical building itself as well as in its ideals for how the theater-going experience should be handled, both by the employees and by the cinephiles themselves. (The special events and exclusive Mondo posters dont hurt, either.)
And so we as an audience need to give the Drafthouse the respect it deserves and follow the advice that their PSAs impart. And this time, we get an important message from Before Midnight stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy taking time out of their informative conversation about who was the smarter Tolstoy sibling, Leo or Nicholas. Unable to concentrate, Delpy breaks character to speak directly to whatever member of the audience is talking on their cell phone. And by speak directly, I mean reprimand in French, and then in English. Get the f–k out of this place, or just turn off the phone!
To me, this is probably their best one yet. The separation between the film and video aesthetics for lack of a better phrasing is really effective, and makes Delpy look even more frazzled once the darker hues are removed and the letterbox bars go away. Hawkes reference to the fourth-wall breaking of Woody Allens The Purple Rose to Cairo is fun, and I love the way it ends with everyone laughing. And even though its humorous, their point is made in full. Turn your phone off or forgo your privilege of sitting in the theater. Its good advice Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, or whatever point in the mid-evening you happen to be watching a film.
In case you missed it, heres James Francos completely insincere-sounding PSA from a few months back.
By Nick Venable