Megan Abbott’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Megan Abbott’s Adventures in Moviegoing

19 Episodes

The award-winning novelist and writer for THE DEUCE talks crime, adolescence, and movies.

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Megan Abbott’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Megan Abbott in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The best-selling author of “You Will Know Me” on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Megan Abbott on SUNSET BOULEVARD

    Episode 2

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Episode 3

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1950 • United States
    Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim

    Hollywood’s ultimate poison-pen letter to itself, Billy Wilder’s acerbic masterpiece casts real-life silent-screen icon Gloria Swanson as a faded movie star who draws a struggling screenwr...

  • Megan Abbott on IN A LONELY PLACE

    Episode 4

  • In a Lonely Place

    Episode 5

    Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1950 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame

    When a gifted but washed-up screenwriter with a hair-trigger temper—Humphrey Bogart, in a revelatory, vulnerable performance—becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who ca...

  • Megan Abbott on THE NAKED KISS

    Episode 6

  • The Naked Kiss

    Episode 7

    Directed by Samuel Fuller • 1964 • United States
    Starring Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante

    The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinat...

  • Megan Abbott on PERSONA

    Episode 8

  • Persona

    Episode 9

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1966 • Sweden
    Starring Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson

    By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary perf...

  • Megan Abbott on SISTERS

    Episode 10

  • Sisters

    Episode 11

    Directed by Brian De Palma • 1973 • United States
    Starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning

    Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously...

  • Megan Abbott on PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

    Episode 12

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Episode 13

    Directed by Peter Weir • 1975 • Australia
    Starring Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

    This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Based on an acclaimed 1967 novel by Joan Lin...

  • Megan Abbott on OPENING NIGHT

    Episode 14

  • Opening Night

    Episode 15

    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...

  • Megan Abbott on BLOOD SIMPLE

    Episode 16

  • Blood Simple

    Episode 17

    Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen • 1984 • United States

    Joel and Ethan Coen's career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous though...


    Episode 18

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Episode 19

    Directed by David Lynch • 1992 • United States

    In the town of Twin Peaks, everybody has their secrets, but no one more than Laura Palmer. In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s television series, David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, fo...