210 episodes

You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.

You Must Remember This Karina Longworth

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 1.2K Ratings

You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.

    1989: sex, lies and videotape: Rob Lowe and James Spader (Erotic 80s Part 12)

    1989: sex, lies and videotape: Rob Lowe and James Spader (Erotic 80s Part 12)

    American independent film is launched into the mainstream by Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape, starring James Spader as an impotent man who gets off on filming women talking about sex. Videotape also plays a role in a Spader film released almost simultaneously, Bad Influence, in which he plays a meek yuppie at the mercy of alpha male Rob Lowe – who was trying to rehabilitate his career after a tape leaked shot by the actor and documenting his real-life threesomes — one with a 16 year-old girl. We close the first half of this season talking about Lowe, Spader and how camcorder mediation of sex changed pop culture forever.
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    1988: Kevin Costner, Sean Young, No Way Out & Bull Durham (Erotic 80s Part 11)

    1988: Kevin Costner, Sean Young, No Way Out & Bull Durham (Erotic 80s Part 11)

    The 1988 baseball blockbuster Bull Durham confirms Kevin Costner as the ultimate squeaky-clean, all-American heartthrob, building on a sexual persona sparked the year before with the neonoir No Way Out. Today we’ll talk about why Costner was the quintessential safe hunk for the 80s, his alchemic chemistry with co-star Sean Young in No Way Out, and her subsequent rocky road through Hollywood misogyny.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    1987: Fatal Attraction and Dirty Dancing (Erotic 80s Part 10)

    1987: Fatal Attraction and Dirty Dancing (Erotic 80s Part 10)

    The erotic thriller goes commercially mainstream with Fatal Attraction, a film which starts a national conversation about whether or not women can “have it all” – “it all” meaning both careers and marriage. Is Fatal Attraction an indictment of working women as “witches” and a call to roll back women’s rights, or a snapshot of extreme toxic masculinity? Plus: Dirty Dancing. Is it evil?
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    1986: 9 ½ Weeks, Mickey Rourke & Zalman King (Erotic 80s Part 9)

    1986: 9 ½ Weeks, Mickey Rourke & Zalman King (Erotic 80s Part 9)

    Billed as the hottest Hollywood film since Last Tango, 9 ½ Weeks was considered to have missed the mark by everyone who made it – including director Adrian Lyne, stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, producer/writer Zalman King and his wife, writer Patricia Knop. Today we’ll talk about why this intoxicating and troubling film is worth a second look, how to square away the arguably feminist finished product from a production process that robbed Basinger of agency, and we’ll explore the film Rourke and King re-teamed on as a re-do, Wild Orchid. We’ll also talk about Rourke’s “bad boy” persona, and his problematic relationship with his second wife and co-star, supermodel Carre Otis.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    1985: Fear Sex. Jagged Edge & AIDS (Erotic 80s Part 8)

    1985: Fear Sex. Jagged Edge & AIDS (Erotic 80s Part 8)

    Just as the AIDS-related death of Rock Hudson was finally forcing straight people – and Hollywood – to acknowledge that epidemic, a film was released that transposed the new climate of sexual fear into a murder mystery. The sleeper hit of 1985, Jagged Edge turned Glenn Close from a respected actress into a star, and established the brand of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who would later write Basic Instinct and Showgirls. Almost a decade after radical feminists began to call for a crackdown on violent sexual imagery, Jagged Edge tried to have its cake and eat it, too: infusing its sex and violence – and its depiction of a career woman – with a fundamentally conservative point of view.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    1984: "Vioporn," Body Double and Crimes of Passion (Erotic 80s Part 7)

    1984: "Vioporn," Body Double and Crimes of Passion (Erotic 80s Part 7)

    In a time of bombastic blockbusters (and Reagan’s re-election), two auteurs defy the norms by releases violent films about sexual obsession, sparking a controversial mini-trend which one critic dubs “Vioporn.” Kathleen Turner, then also starring in a family-friendly blockbuster, plays a sex worker with a double life in Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion. Brian DePalma, the most talked-about director of the moment, takes his tribute/critique of Hitchcock to the next level by casting Melanie Griffith – daughter of Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren – as a porn star in Body Double.
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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Wigfactory ,

So good!

I love this podcast so much! Really really loving the Erotic 80s series! When I was a kid (80s-90s), I was always mortified about watching movies with my parents because there would be sex and nudity! I haven’t been mortified while watching a movie with family in ages and I didn’t realize it was because movies are tamer!! I have been rewatching all the movies discussed in each episode, and it is such a fun and rich experience! Thanks Karina! (Also, I love this podcast in general because the history is so well researched, and I so appreciate that the social and cultural context of whatever time period is taken into account)!!

EighteenForks ,

Smart and soothing

Okay so everyone is going to talk about how this podcast is well-researched and intelligent, and that’s true. But the real reason I love it is that it’s really soothing to listen to.

wilt2695 ,

Best podcast of its kind

I have listened to this pod for many years - Karina knows her stuff, cinema history, from a 21st century perspective. I would highly recommend for any cinephiles out there, who want to get an unbiased and intelligent look at cinema of the distant and more recent past.

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