Jhumpa Lahiri’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Adventures in Moviegoing

13 Episodes

Acclaimed author Jhumpa Lahiri shares her picks and talks about watching Bengali films with her mother, who was nearly cast in PATHER PANCHALI, as well as seeing her own novel THE NAMESAKE adapted into a film by Mira Nair.

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Jhumpa Lahiri in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Jhumpa Lahiri on STROMBOLI

    Episode 2

  • Stromboli

    Episode 3

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1950 • Italy, United States

    The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a woman's existential crisis, set against the beautiful and forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. After World War II, a Lithuanian...

  • Jhumpa Lahiri on LA POINTE COURTE

    Episode 4

  • La Pointe Courte

    Episode 5

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1956 • France

    The great Agnès Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village. Both a stylized depiction of the complicated relationship between a married cou...

  • Jhumpa Lahiri on THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

    Episode 6

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Episode 7

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1961 • Sweden

    While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family's already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Harriet Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the ...

  • Jhumpa Lahiri on THE BIG CITY

    Episode 8

  • The Big City

    Episode 9

    Directed by Satyajit Ray • 1963 • India

    The Big City, the great Satyajit Ray's first portrayal of contemporary life in his native Kolkata, follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a j...

  • Jhumpa Lahiri on A RIVER CALLED TITAS

    Episode 10

  • A River Called Titas

    Episode 11

    Directed by Ritwik Ghatak • 1973 • Bangladesh

    The Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s stunningly beautiful, elegiac saga concerns the tumultuous lives of people in fishing villages along the banks of the Titas River in pre-Partition East Bengal. Focusing on the tragic intertwining fates of a ser...

  • Jhumpa Lahiri on JEANNE DIELMAN

    Episode 12

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Episode 13

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium

    A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELL meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner ...