Jonathan Lethem’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Jonathan Lethem’s Adventures in Moviegoing

11 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

    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 headstrong young woman who travels to these...

  • Jonathan Lethem on EYES WITHOUT A FACE

    Episode 4

  • Eyes Without a Face

    Episode 5

    Directed by Georges Franju • 1960 • France

    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--at a horrifying price. Eyes Without a Face, directed ...

  • Jonathan Lethem on SHAME

    Episode 6

  • Shame
    Episode 7


    Episode 7

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1968 • Sweden

    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 musicians living in quiet retreat o...

  • 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 il...

  • Jonathan Lethem on GEORGE WASHINGTON

    Episode 10

  • George Washington

    Episode 11

    Directed by David Gordon Green • 2000 • United States

    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 meditation on adolescence, the first full-length film by dire...