Richard Linklater’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Richard Linklater’s Adventures in Moviegoing

24 Episodes

While other budding directors were honing their craft in film school, Richard Linklater was getting a crash course in the art and history of cinema his own way: by watching anything and everything he could at the local repertory theaters in Houston and Austin, where he discovered the world-cinema masterworks and avant-garde rarities that would inspire him to create independent touchstones like SLACKER, DAZED AND CONFUSED, and BEFORE SUNRISE. In this edition of Adventures in Moviegoing, Linklater sits down to discuss his path from working on an oil rig to directing, why he considers the eighties to be an underrated cinematic decade, and how his Austin Film Society grew from a DIY labor of love into a cultural powerhouse. A seasoned film programmer dating back to his early days as founder of the AFS, Linklater brings a curator’s omnivorous sensibility to the lineup of favorites he has chosen to present, which include a radically subversive family drama by Nagisa Oshima (THE CEREMONY), an outrageously stylized tour through the Berlin underworld courtesy of Ulrike Ottinger (TICKET OF NO RETURN), a torrid François Truffaut deep cut (THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR), and a haunting work of pure cinema by James Benning (LANDSCAPE SUICIDE).

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Richard Linklater’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Richard Linklater’s Adventures in Moviegoing Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Richard Linklater in Conversation

    Episode 2

    Director Richard Linklater sits down to discuss his path from working on an oil rig to directing, why he considers the eighties to be an underrated cinematic decade, and how his Austin Film Society grew from a DIY labor of love into a cultural powerhouse.

  • Richard Linklater on THE SHEPHERDS OF CALAMITY

    Episode 3

  • The Shepherds of Calamity

    Episode 4

    Directed by Nico Papatakis • 1967 • Greece
    Starring Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Lambros Tsagas

    Nico Papatakis’s caustic political allegory—made in the wake of the 1967 Greek coup d’état that led to the establishment of a right-wing military junta—takes the form of a deliriously unhinged r...

  • Richard Linklater on THE CEREMONY

    Episode 5

  • The Ceremony

    Episode 6

    Directed by Nagisa Oshima • 1971 • Japan
    Starring Kenzo Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Atsuo Nakamura

    One of the greatest and most subversive films by renegade director Nagisa Oshima launches a scathing attack on postwar Japanese society via a portrait of one family, the Sakurada clan, whose increasin...

  • Richard Linklater on IN A YEAR OF 13 MOONS

    Episode 7

  • In a Year of 13 Moons

    Episode 8

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1978 • West Germany
    Starring Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John

    This heartrendingly compassionate tragedy from Rainer Werner Fassbinder traces the final days in the life of Elvira (Volker Spengler), a transgender woman spurned by her former lover...

  • Richard Linklater on TICKET OF NO RETURN

    Episode 9

  • Ticket of No Return

    Episode 10

    Directed by Ulrike Ottinger • 1979 • West Germany
    Starring Tabea Blumenschein, Lutze, Magdalena Montezuma

    The outré imagination of German New Wave visionary Ulrike Ottinger is on dazzling display in this alcohol-soaked tour through the Berlin underworld. A rich, unnamed, enigmatic woman (Ottinge...

  • Richard Linklater on EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF

    Episode 11

  • Every Man for Himself

    Episode 12

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1980 • France
    Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye

    After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this star-driven work of social commentary, while remaining defiant...

  • Richard Linklater on THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR

    Episode 13

  • The Woman Next Door

    Episode 14

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1981 • France

    A man and a woman living next door to each other become too neighborly, as an old flame reignites. Problem is they are now both married to other people. Past meets present and the heat becomes too much to handle.

  • Richard Linklater on L'ARGENT

    Episode 15

  • L'argent

    Episode 16

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1983 • France, Switzerland
    Starring Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang

    In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a ...

  • Richard Linklater on MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS

    Episode 17

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Episode 18

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1985 • Japan, United States
    Starring Ken Ogata, Kenji Sawada, Toshiyuki Nagashima

    Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of the acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradicti...

  • Richard Linklater on LANDSCAPE SUICIDE

    Episode 19

  • Landscape Suicide

    Episode 20

    Directed by James Benning • 1987 • United States
    Starring Rhonda Bell, Elion Sucher

    For forty years, James Benning has been a singular, defiant voice in the world of avant-garde cinema, forging a personal vision of America through his rigorous studies of the country’s landscapes. In one of his m...

  • Richard Linklater on HIGH HOPES

    Episode 21

  • High Hopes

    Episode 22

    Directed by Mike Leigh • 1988 • United Kingdom
    Starring Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré

    True to its title, this slice-of-life satire is one of director Mike Leigh’s warmest and most optimistic films—though it’s still laced with more than a touch of bittersweet melancholy. Focusing on countercu...

  • Richard Linklater on A MASTER BUILDER

    Episode 23

  • A Master Builder

    Episode 24

    Directed by Jonathan Demme • 2014 • United States
    Starring Wallace Shawn, Julie Hagerty, Lisa Joyce

    Twenty years after their brilliant cinema-theater experiment VANYA ON 42ND STREET, Wallace Shawn and André Gregory reunited to produce another idiosyncratic film version of a classic play, this t...