Mary Karr’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Mary Karr’s Adventures in Moviegoing

15 Episodes

The brilliant writer Mary Karr sat down with critic Antonio Monda to talk about the films that matter to her. That interview, and the films she selected, are presented here.

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Mary Karr’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Mary Karr in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The author of “Lit” and “The Liars’ Club” on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Mary Karr on RAGING BULL

    Episode 2

  • Raging Bull

    Episode 3

    Directed by Martin Scorsese • 1980 • United States
    Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty

    Arguably the definitive boxing movie and one of the most stunningly visceral films ever made, Martin Scorsese’s lacerating vision of self-destructive machismo stars an Academy Award–winning Robe...


    Episode 4

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Episode 5

    Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1928 • France

    Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the hours leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer d...

  • Mary Karr on THE 400 BLOWS

    Episode 6

  • The 400 Blows

    Episode 7

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1959 • France

    François Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, unsentimentally...

  • Mary Karr on THE BAD SLEEP WELL

    Episode 8

  • The Bad Sleep Well

    Episode 9

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1960 • Japan

    A young executive hunts down his father's killer in director Akira Kurosawa's scathing The Bad Sleep Well. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect in...

  • Mary Karr on 8½

    Episode 10

  • 8½
    Episode 11

    Episode 11

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1963 • Italy

    Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand...

  • Mary Karr on LORD OF THE FLIES

    Episode 12

  • Lord of the Flies

    Episode 13

    Directed by Peter Brook • 1963 • United Kingdom

    In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. Taking an innovative doc...


    Episode 14

  • Au revoir les enfants

    Episode 15

    Directed by Louis Malle • 1987 • France, West Germany

    Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie--until a secret is...