Jonathan Lethem’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Jonathan Lethem’s Adventures in Moviegoing

15 Episodes

The acclaimed author of “The Fortress of Solitude” joins novelist Heidi Julavitz to discuss exploring New York’s art-house theaters as a child, idolizing Truffaut at age eleven, and his fiction’s cinematic influences, several of which can be viewed here.

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Jonathan Lethem’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Jonathan Lethem in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The author of “The Feral Detective” on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Jonathan Lethem on I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!

    Episode 2

  • I Know Where I’m Going!

    Episode 3

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1945 • United Kingdom
    Starring Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey

    In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s stunningly photographed comedy, romance flourishes in an unlikely place—the bleak and moody Scottish Hebrides. Wendy Hiller stars as a headstr...

  • Jonathan Lethem on EYES WITHOUT A FACE

    Episode 4

  • Eyes Without a Face

    Episode 5

    Directed by Georges Franju • 1960 • France
    Starring Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, François Guérin

    At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—a...

  • Jonathan Lethem on SHAME

    Episode 6

  • Shame

    Episode 7

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1968 • Sweden
    Starring Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman, SHAME (SKAMMEN) is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as m...

  • Jonathan Lethem on F FOR FAKE

    Episode 8

  • F for Fake

    Episode 9

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1975 • France, Iran, Germany

    Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F FOR FAKE, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illu...

  • Jonathan Lethem on OPENING NIGHT

    Episode 10

  • Opening Night

    Episode 11

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1977 • United States
    Starring Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara

    While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to confront th...

  • Jonathan Lethem on SCANNERS

    Episode 12

  • Scanners

    Episode 13

    Directed by David Cronenberg • 1981 • Canada
    Starring Stephen Lack, Jennifer O’Neill, Michael Ironside

    With SCANNERS, David Cronenberg plunges us into one of his most terrifying and thrilling sci-fi worlds. After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabb...

  • Jonathan Lethem on GEORGE WASHINGTON

    Episode 14

  • George Washington

    Episode 15

    Directed by David Gordon Green • 2000 • United States
    Starring Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damien Jewan Lee

    Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the decaying rural South must confront a tangle of difficult choices. An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed med...