Adam Gopnik’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Adam Gopnik’s Adventures in Moviegoing

17 Episodes

The author and longtime “New Yorker” contributor sat down with Antonio Monda to share some of his favorite films, including THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG and ORPHEUS.

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Adam Gopnik’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Adam Gopnik in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The author of “At the Strangers’ Gate” on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Adam Gopnik on CITY LIGHTS

    Episode 2

  • City Lights

    Episode 3

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1931 • United States

    CITY LIGHTS, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagra...

  • Adam Gopnik on L’ATALANTE

    Episode 4

  • L’Atalante

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jean Vigo • 1934 • France

    In Jean Vigo's hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean's boat, the L'Atalan...

  • Adam Gopnik on GRAND ILLUSION

    Episode 6

  • Grand Illusion

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1937 • France
    Starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

    One of the very first prison escape movies, GRAND ILLUSION is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers he...

  • Adam Gopnik on BICYCLE THIEVES

    Episode 8

  • Bicycle Thieves

    Episode 9

    Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1948 • Italy

    Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers h...

  • Adam Gopnik on ORPHEUS

    Episode 10

  • Orpheus
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    Episode 11

    Orpheus

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jean Cocteau • 1950 • France

    Jean Cocteau's 1940s update of the Orphic myth depicts Orpheus (Jean Marais), a famous poet scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) and the mysterious Princess (Maria Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet foll...

  • Adam Gopnik on A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

    Episode 12

  • A Hard Day’s Night

    Episode 13

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1964 • United Kingdom

    Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A HARD DAY...

  • Adam Gopnik on THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

    Episode 14

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Episode 15

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1964 • France

    An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner's delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castel...

  • Adam Gopnik on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

    Episode 16

  • Chimes at Midnight

    Episode 17

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1966 • Spain, Switzerland

    Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and with...