Adventures in Moviegoing with Mary Karr

Few writers have dissected their own coming-of-age with as much unflinching honesty as award-winning author Mary Karr, whose best-selling books include The Liar’s Club and Lit: A Memoir. For the latest installment in our original series Adventures in Moviegoing, now streaming on the Criterion Channel, she sat down with Rome Film Festival artistic director Antonio Monda to talk about discovering the emotional power of the movies through classics like Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird and falling in love with international cinema after leaving her rural Texas hometown to go to college. In this excerpt from their conversation, she discusses the revelatory experience of seeing the small-town America of her childhood depicted in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 The Last Picture Show, one of the seven films included in her selection of favorites over on the Criterion Channel.

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