Ranging from the Oscar-winning space-race epic The Right Stuff to a sublimely erotic adaptation of Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, writer-director Philip Kaufman’s acclaimed filmography reflects the eclectic taste he’s cultivated over a lifetime of cinephilia. In the latest episode of Adventures in Moviegoing, now streaming on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, he joins Channel programmer Michael Sragow to talk about encounters with cinema that have left a mark on him, from seeing John Cassavetes’s Shadows while living in Italy to discovering the work of great international auteurs at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Enjoy a preview of the episode in the clip below, in which Kaufman recounts his childhood experience of watching Jacques Tourneur’s 1942 hair-raiser Cat People alone in a theater. Then head to the Channel, where you can see the full interview along with a selection of the director’s all-time favorites, as well as Kaufman’s previous appearance on Adventures in Moviegoing, in conversation with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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The Art of Lighting a Comedic Thriller
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