Michael Cunningham’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Michael Cunningham’s Adventures in Moviegoing

21 Episodes

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of “The Hours” and “The Snow Queen” shares his love for thrillers and recounts how he gave in to the irresistible charms of GREY GARDENS.

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Michael Cunningham’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Michael Cunningham in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The author of “The Hours” on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Michael Cunningham on THE RULES OF THE GAME

    Episode 2

  • The Rules of the Game

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1939 • France
    Starring Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

    Considered one of the greatest films ever made, THE RULES OF THE GAME (LA RÈGLE DU JEU), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend a...

  • Michael Cunningham on STAGECOACH

    Episode 4

  • Stagecoach

    Episode 5

    Directed by John Ford • 1939 • United States
    Starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine

    This is where it all started. John Ford’s smash hit and enduring masterpiece STAGECOACH revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we know it today....

  • Michael Cunningham on LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES

    Episode 6

  • Les enfants terribles

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1950 • France
    Starring Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dermithe

    Writer Jean Cocteau and director Jean-Pierre Melville joined forces for this elegant adaptation of Cocteau’s immensely popular, wicked novel about the wholly unholy relationship between a brother and sist...

  • Michael Cunningham on LOLA MONTÈS

    Episode 8

  • Lola Montès

    Episode 9

    Directed by Max Ophuls • 1955 • France, West Germany
    Starring Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov

    LOLA MONTÈS is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the ...

  • Michael Cunningham on PATHER PANCHALI

    Episode 10

  • Pather Panchali

    Episode 11

    Directed by Satyajit Ray • 1955 • India
    Starring Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee

    With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, PATHER PANCHALI, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style insp...

  • Michael Cunningham on JULES AND JIM

    Episode 12

  • Jules and Jim

    Episode 13

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1962 • France
    Starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre

    Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, JULES AND JIM charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary François Truffau...

  • Michael Cunningham on KNIFE IN THE WATER

    Episode 14

  • Knife in the Water

    Episode 15

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1962 • Poland
    Starring Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz

    Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotio...

  • Michael Cunningham on 8½

    Episode 16

  • 8½
    Episode 17

    Episode 17

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1963 • Italy
    Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Bruno Agostini, Sandra Milo

    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 8½ (Otto...

  • Michael Cunningham on SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE

    Episode 18

  • SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE: Theatrical Version

    Episode 19

    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...

  • Michael Cunningham on GREY GARDENS

    Episode 20

  • Grey Gardens

    Episode 21

    Directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer • 1976 • United States

    Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton...