Marriage Stories

Marriage Stories

19 Episodes

Bad marriages make great movies, as evidenced by these gloriously messy, cuttingly perceptive portraits of some of the most dysfunctional relationships ever captured on-screen. With raw emotion, dramatic blowups, and soul-baring self-reflection baked into the premise, these tales of marital breakups and shakeups explore everything from jealousy, infidelity, and betrayal to the procedural complexities of divorce and separation to the myriad, sometimes barely perceptible ways in which couples drift apart. They also happen to be vehicles for some of the most personal and revealing statements from major directors like Ingmar Bergman, John Cassavetes, Ida Lupino, Mike Nichols, Noah Baumbach, Lars von Trier, Asghar Farhadi, and others, each of whom brings fresh insight to that most universal of subjects: the mysterious intricacies of human intimacy.

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Marriage Stories
  • Marriage Stories Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Come Back, Little Sheba

    Episode 2

    Directed by Daniel Mann • 1952 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore

    This devastating drama lays bare the tensions beneath the rosy surface of 1950s America. Shirley Booth, reprising her Tony Award–winning Broadway turn, won a best actress Oscar for her film debut, ...

  • The Bigamist

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ida Lupino • 1953 • United States
    Starring Edmond O’Brien, Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino

    Director Ida Lupino stars alongside Edmond O’Brien and Joan Fontaine in this amazingly complex portrait of a weak-willed but sympathetic salesman who spins an elaborate double life with two wives:...

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Episode 4

    Directed by Richard Brooks • 1958 • United States
    Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

    Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman sizzle in this delirious adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play. She’s the hot-blooded Maggie the Cat whose voracious desires can’t be fulf...

  • La notte

    Episode 5

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1961 • Italy
    Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti

    This psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work was director Michelangelo Antonioni’s follow-up to the epochal L’AVVENTURA. Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a n...

  • Juliet of the Spirits

    Episode 6

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1965 • Italy
    Starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu

    Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo’s masterful use of Technicolor transforms JULIET OF THE SPIRITS, Fellini’s first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina ...

  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Episode 7

    Directed by Mike Nichols • 1966 • United States
    Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

    Mike Nichols’s taboo-shattering adaptation of Edward Albee’s groundbreaking Broadway play rips the façade of civility off the dysfunctional marriage between an alcoholic college professor (Ric...

  • Faces
    2:10:14
    Episode 8

    Faces

    Episode 8

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1968 • United States
    Starring John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Gena Rowlands

    John Cassavetes puts a disintegrating marriage under the microscope in the searing FACES. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of the captain of indust...

  • A Married Couple

    Episode 9

    Directed by Allan King • 1969 • Canada

    Billy and Antoinette Edwards let it all hang out for Allan King and crew in this jaw-dropping examination of a marriage in trouble, which "makes John Cassavetes's Faces look like early Doris Day" (Time). Intense and hectic, frightening and funny, A Marrie...

  • SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE: Theatrical Version

    Episode 10

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1973 • Sweden
    Starring Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

    SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners. Shot in intense, i...

  • California Suite

    Episode 11

    Directed by Herbert Ross • 1978 • United States
    Starring Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith

    Neil Simon’s smash Broadway farce hits the screen with a luminous all-star cast. Among the guests whose personal and romantic dilemmas intertwine over the course of their stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel ...

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    Episode 12

    Directed by Robert Benton • 1979 • United States
    Starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander

    Groundbreaking in its empathetic look at both the emotional and legal fallout of divorce, this landmark drama features powerhouse performances from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep as a couple w...

  • 5x2
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    5x2
    Episode 13

    5x2

    Episode 13

    Directed by François Ozon • 2004 • France
    Starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Françoise Fabian

    François Ozon tracks five key episodes in a couple’s disintegrating marriage—beginning with the end of the affair. Starting with their divorce and moving backwards toward their first meet...

  • The Squid and the Whale

    Episode 14

    Directed by Noah Baumbach • 2005 • United States
    Starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

    With excruciating honesty, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE chronicles the experiences of two young brothers growing up in 1980s Park Slope, Brooklyn, as they navigate the jagged contours of the divorce ...

  • Antichrist

    Episode 15

    Directed by Lars von Trier • 2009 • Denmark
    Starring Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Lars von Trier shook up the film world when he premiered ANTICHRIST at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman—a searing Willem Dafoe and Cannes best actress...

  • Tuesday, After Christmas

    Episode 16

    Directed by Radu Muntean • 2010 • Romania
    Starring Mimi Branescu, Mirela Oprisor, Maria Popistasu

    One of the central figures to emerge from the cinema of the Romanian New Wave, director Radu Muntean has created in TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS a tense, emotionally resonant drama about a middle-aged m...

  • Certified Copy

    Episode 17

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 2010 • Italy
    Starring Juliette Binoche, William Shimell

    The great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami travels to Tuscany for a luminous and provocative romance in which nothing is as it appears. What seems at first to be a straightforward tale of two people—played by...

  • A Separation

    Episode 18

    Directed by Asghar Farhadi • 2011 • Iran
    Starring Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

    Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Asghar Farhadi’s masterful family drama explores social and class divisions within contemporary Iranian society via a gripping, morally complex po...

  • 45 Years
    1:35:40
    Episode 19

    45 Years

    Episode 19

    Directed by Andrew Haigh • 2015 • United Kingdom
    Starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

    In this exquisitely calibrated film, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay perform a subtly off-kilter pas de deux as Kate and Geoff, an English couple who, on the eve of an anniversary celebration, fin...