179 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
    • 4.6 • 10.3K 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.

    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper (Small Town Girl, Episode 1)

    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper (Small Town Girl, Episode 1)

    Both Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper worked for papers created by charismatic barons whose publications were nakedly corrupt, totally biased -- and absolutely mainstream. Once we get a feel for this media climate, we’ll trace Louella’s early years of struggle and reinvention on the road to her pioneering bylines, and, finally, her role in canonizing The Birth of a Nation -- the most viciously racist Hollywood blockbuster of all time.
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    • 59 min
    "Competition is idiots." Sneak Preview of David Fincher's MANK

    "Competition is idiots." Sneak Preview of David Fincher's MANK

    You Must Remember This presents an exclusive first listen of the audio trailer for Mank, a David Fincher film about the screenwriter of Citizen Kane, coming to Netflix on December 4.
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    • 6 min
    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.
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    • 1 hr 13 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.
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    • 1 hr 11 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…
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    • 1 hr 13 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.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10.3K Ratings

10.3K Ratings

thornbusj ,

So happy you are back with H Hopper!! Listening tonight!!

Wendy Colchester CT

HannahDoubleU ,

Want to like it so much

I keep returning to this because I really want to like it. People keep recommending it to me and the content is interesting. I’m having a hard time pinpointing exactly what’s not working for me but between the host’s affected voice, strange pronunciation and the abundance of ads, I usually don’t make it through a whole season. The host should not sound less robotic when reading ads!

For some reason, the execution just isn’t as good as it should be.

twotreeboys ,

So sad about political turn

I’m a moderate. I’ve listened to all of Karina’s YMRT episodes and have loved them. But the introduction to the new series just set up another progressive slam-fest against anyone who might disagree with ultra-left politics. I’m going to have to leave YMRT behind because I can’t handle the irony of talking about old right-wing media while turning your once fun and interesting podcast into just another progressive vehicle.

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