177 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.

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    • 4.8, 75 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.

    How Did It End? (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 10)

    How Did It End? (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 10)

    Polly Platt’s unfinished memoir ends abruptly in 1995. What were the remaining 16 years of her life like? Using interviews with those who knew her, we’ll explore how her career in Hollywood came to an end, and the tragic circumstances of her death.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Bottle Rocket, I'll Do Anything and Polly Platt in '90s Hollywood (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 9)

    Bottle Rocket, I'll Do Anything and Polly Platt in '90s Hollywood (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 9)

    Polly Platt's collaboration with James L. Brooks hits choppy waters with I’ll Do Anything, which at one point was a musical with songs by Prince, but became one of the most notoriously misbegotten productions of the 1990s. Polly recaptures her indie roots by shepherding the directorial debut of Wes Anderson.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Women of the 80’s (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 8)

    Women of the 80’s (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 8)

    In the mid-to-late 80s, Polly Platt worked on a number of films that defined and reflected that decade’s ideas about female power. With an Oscar nomination under her belt, Polly starts trying in earnest to direct. She ends her career as a production designer with The Witches of Eastwick, a star-studded special-effects extravaganza. Inspired by Polly, Brooks creates the character played by Holly Hunter in Broadcast News, infusing the film with Polly’s single-minded professional determination. Riding high on having guided Brooks through two consecutive, blockbuster Oscar nominees, Polly becomes a production executive at Brooks's Gracie Films, where she produces Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything…

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Terms of Endearment (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 7)

    Terms of Endearment (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 7)

    Polly’s third marriage falls apart, and she enters more than one destructive affair. During these tumultuous times, Polly establishes a new collaboration with a male writer-director, James L. Brooks, and together the two turn another Larry McMurtry novel into a classic film: Terms of Endearment. Once again, while working on this film about a combative mother-daughter relationship, Polly finds that art and life are intertwined. Polly’s own story starts showing up in other people’s movies, including Irreconcilable Differences -- starring Ryan O’Neal as a version of Peter Bogdanovich.

    • 55 min
    Pretty Baby and a Playmate Murder (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 6)

    Pretty Baby and a Playmate Murder (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 6)

    In an attempt to save her family, Polly transitions to screenwriting and producing, basing the prostitution drama Pretty Baby, starring a pre-teen Brooke Shields, on her own daughter. Polly finds herself increasingly overcome by alcoholism, while dealing with Shields’s own alcoholic mother. Polly’s already-difficult relationship with her two daughters is made much more complicated by the murder of Peter’s girlfriend, Dorothy Stratten, and Bogdanovich’s subsequent emotional collapse.

    • 58 min
    A Star is Born (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 5)

    A Star is Born (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 5)

    When Polly begins her own on-set affair, the double standard of what men can get away with in Hollywood versus what was expected for women would push her to a breaking point. With collaborating with her ex-husband no longer an option, Platt starts attempting to rebuild her career, designing classics such as A Star is Born and Bad News Bears, while also navigating predatory men in power in post-sexual revolution Hollywood.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Wylizzle ,

Absolutely stunning

One of my all time favourite podcasts. So relaxing to listen to in the evenings.

DavidNewtonNZ ,

YMRT

This is the best podcast. Interesting dramatic yet soothing. Karina
Longworth is the voice of your perfect friend. The smart one who is elegant always and does not give anything away.

DdsNonna ,

You must remember this

Irritating delivery of good material. Over-produced, over dramatic and often just too fast delivery to hear every word of a good script. Well researched but the sound engineer needed curbing, even eliminating! All that extraneous content and background music and sounds are really unnecessary and allowing a more measured, non gabbled presentation this podcast series would shine! Karina Longworth does not think she has an accent! Ms Longworth could listen to the presentation bu Phoebe Judge whose ‘Criminal’ she recommends and perhaps take a leaf from that book. Sad to ruin good and interesting content by gabbling although recent episodes seem better and more measured. More of that please and even slower - remake some older episodes perhaps?

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