Ari Aster’s Adventures in Moviegoing
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.
Ari Aster in Conversation
Ari Aster on PANIQUE
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
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
Sansho the Bailiff
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
Hiroshima mon amour
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
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 SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR
Songs from the Second Floor
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
Beyond the Hills
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 ...