Adam Gopnik’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Adam Gopnik’s Adventures in Moviegoing

15 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
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers

    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 dra...

  • 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 BICYCLE THIEVES

    Episode 6

  • Bicycle Thieves

    Episode 7

    Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1948 • Italy
    Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

    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 ...

  • Adam Gopnik on ORPHEUS

    Episode 8

  • Orpheus

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jean Cocteau • 1950 • France
    Starring Jean Marais, Marie Déa, Maria Casarès

    Jean Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès). ...

  • Adam Gopnik on A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

    Episode 10

  • A Hard Day’s Night

    Episode 11

    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’S...


    Episode 12

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Episode 13

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1964 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo

    The 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 h...

  • Adam Gopnik on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

    Episode 14

  • Chimes at Midnight

    Episode 15

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1966 • Spain, Switzerland
    Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, Jeanne Moreau

    The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary cinematic career, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion,...