Movie was filmed over 12-year pe­riod

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. - BY KELLY JANE TOR­RANCE

“Boy­hood” only opened in the­aters to­day, but it’s al­ready made his­tory.

Star­ring Ethan Hawke, Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette and two un­known young­sters, it’s the first film to cap­ture over a decade the life of its char­ac­ters us­ing the same ac­tors through­out.

Writer-di­rec­tor Richard Lin­klater shot the movie over 12 years, show­ing the fic­tional and the ac­tual trans­for­ma­tion of a boy into a man. It’s an au­da­cious project, but in think­ing about it for a few min­utes, a ques­tion in­evitably rises: Why hasn’t any­one done this be­fore?

“I know. It’s so sim­ple. But at the end of this whole jour­ney, I can tell you ex­actly why no one has done it,” Mr. Lin­klater says, laugh­ing, on a re­cent visit to Wash­ing­ton to talk about the film. “It’s crazy. It’s so im­prac­ti­cal. It fits in no world of com­merce … I think the so-called risks in­volved — and the un­knowns — over­whelm the cool­ness of the idea.”

If any­one was go­ing to take on such an un­wieldy project, it was go­ing to be Richard Lin­klater.

“I’d spent my whole cin­e­matic life, prob­a­bly think­ing in this area about nar­ra­tive and time and struc­ture and plot,” he says.


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