Marlon James’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Marlon James’s Adventures in Moviegoing

13 Episodes

The Booker Prize–winning author of “A Brief History of Seven Killings” and “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” talks about violence, gay relationships, and desperate characters in cinema, and selects some of his favorite films.

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Marlon James’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Marlon James in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The Booker Prize–winning author of “A Brief History of Seven Killings” on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Marlon James on TOKYO STORY

    Episode 2

  • Tokyo Story

    Episode 3

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1953 • Japan

    A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple's journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar To...

  • Marlon James on THRONE OF BLOOD

    Episode 4

  • Throne of Blood

    Episode 5

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1957 • Japan

    A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, T...

  • Marlon James on LE SAMOURAÏ

    Episode 6

  • Le samouraï

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1967 • France, Italy

    In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture--with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology--m...

  • Marlon James on LONE WOLF AND CUB

    Episode 8

  • Lone Wolf and Cub #1: Sword of Vengeance

    Episode 9

    Directed by Kenji Misumi • 1972 • Japan

    The inaugural film in the Lone Wolf and Cub series immediately thrust Itto Ogami into the ranks of the all-time great samurai movie icons. In this installment, the Shadow Yagyu clan plots to solidify its power by taking Ogami's coveted position of shogun's...

  • Marlon James on THE THIN BLUE LINE

    Episode 10

  • The Thin Blue Line

    Episode 11

    Directed by Errol Morris • 1988 • United States

    Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter ...

  • Marlon James on Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN

    Episode 12

  • Y tu mamá también

    Episode 13

    Directed by Alfonso Cuarón • 2001 • Mexico

    This smash road comedy from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón is that rare movie to combine raunchy subject matter and emotional warmth. Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna shot to international stardom as a pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from...