Ari Aster’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Ari Aster’s Adventures in Moviegoing

21 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...

  • Ari Aster on SANSHO THE BAILIFF

    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...

  • Ari Aster on HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    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 LADY IN A CAGE

    Episode 10

  • Lady in a Cage

    Episode 11

    Directed by Walter Grauman • 1964 • United States
    Starring Olivia de Havilland, James Caan, Jennifer Billingsley

    Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland stars in this suspenseful shocker that also features soon-to-be star James Caan in his first major film role. Alone in her residence over a swelte...

  • Ari Aster on AUTUMN SONATA

    Episode 12

  • Autumn Sonata

    Episode 13

    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...

  • Ari Aster on BLACK BOOK

    Episode 14

  • Black Book

    Episode 15

    Directed by Paul Verhoeven • 2006 • Netherlands
    Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman

    In the darkest days of World War II, a group of Jewish fugitives attempts to escape from occupied Holland—only to face a Nazi ambush. Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) survives the attack and ...

  • Ari Aster on THE HEADLESS WOMAN

    Episode 16

  • The Headless Woman

    Episode 17

    Directed by Lucrecia Martel • 2008 • Argentina
    Starring María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron

    A bourgeois middle-aged dentist named Verónica (María Onetto) drives alone on a dirt road, becomes distracted, and runs over something. Immediately she becomes disoriented, unmoored from her identit...

  • Ari Aster on ANOTHER YEAR

    Episode 18

  • Another Year

    Episode 19

    Directed by Mike Leigh • 2010 • United Kingdom
    Starring Lesley Manville, Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen

    Mike Leigh traces four seasons in the lives of a contented, happily married couple (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) and the troubled, significantly less stable friends and family who surround them. E...

  • Ari Aster on BEYOND THE HILLS

    Episode 20

  • Beyond the Hills

    Episode 21

    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 ...