Megan Abbott’s Adventures in Moviegoing
The award-winning novelist and writer for THE DEUCE talks crime, adolescence, and movies.
Megan Abbott in Conversation
The best-selling author of “You Will Know Me” on a lifetime of moviegoing
Megan Abbott on IN A LONELY PLACE
In a Lonely Place
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
The Naked Kiss
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
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
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
Picnic at Hanging Rock
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
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
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...
Megan Abbott on TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
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...