Ari Aster’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Ari Aster’s Adventures in Moviegoing

15 Episodes

With the indelibly disturbing nightmares HEREDITARY and MIDSOMMAR, Ari Aster has already established himself as one of twenty-first-century cinema’s most audacious auteurs. In this edition of Adventures in Moviegoing, Aster sits down to discuss the unforgettable films that have shaped his life and work. Many of his choices—including Julien Duvivier’s moody noir PANIQUE, the twisted psychological shocker LADY IN A CAGE, and Lucrecia Martel’s unnerving mystery THE HEADLESS WOMAN—quiver with the same sense of dread that runs through Aster’s own work.

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Ari Aster’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Ari Aster in Conversation

    Episode 1

  • Ari Aster on PANIQUE

    Episode 2

  • Panique

    Episode 3

    Directed by Julien Duvivier • 1946 • France
    Starring Michel Simon, Viviane Romance, Paul Bernard

    Proud, eccentric, and antisocial, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcome...

  • Ari Aster on HOBSON’S CHOICE

    Episode 4

  • Hobson’s Choice

    Episode 5

    Directed by David Lean • 1954 • United Kingdom

    An unsung comic triumph from David Lean, HOBSON’S CHOICE stars the legendary Charles Laughton as the harrumphing Henry Hobson, the owner of a boot shop in late Victorian northern England. When his haughty, independent daughter Maggie (Brenda De Banz...


    Episode 6

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Episode 7

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1954 • Japan

    When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Kenji Mizoguchi's dazzling direction, this classic Japa...


    Episode 8

  • Hiroshima mon amour

    Episode 9

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1959 • France, Japan
    Starring Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada

    A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a ...

  • Ari Aster on AUTUMN SONATA

    Episode 10

  • Autumn Sonata

    Episode 11

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1978 • Sweden, West Germany
    Starring Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann

    AUTUMN SONATA was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar and Ingrid, the monumental star of CASABLANCA. The grande dame, playing an icy concert pianist, is matched beat for b...


    Episode 12

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    Episode 13

    Directed by Roy Andersson • 2000 • Sweden
    Starring Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C. W. Carlsson

    Following a twenty-five year break from feature filmmaking, Swedish existentialist Roy Andersson reintroduced his singular vision to the world with this by turns bleak and mordantly funny vision o...

  • Ari Aster on BEYOND THE HILLS

    Episode 14

  • Beyond the Hills

    Episode 15

    Directed by Cristian Mungiu • 2012 • Romania
    Starring Cristina Flutur, Cosmina Stratan

    With this arresting drama based on notorious real-life events, Cristian Mungiu mounts a complex inquiry into faith, fanaticism, and indifference. At a desolate Romanian monastery, a young novice nun, Voichita ...