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5001 Nights at the Movies (Holt Paperback) Paperback – May 15, 1991
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However, the capsule reviews can occasionally be misleading. From the capsules, I thought Pauline liked (or at least didn't dislike) "8 1/2" by Fellini and "Hiroshima Mon Amour" by Resnais. But in her book "I Lost It At The Movies", the full reviews are a pretty harsh pan.
I also wish that she had a "Best Movies" list. Nevertheless, still a very useful (but thick) book.
Kael was the first celebrity film critic, and still the most bracing and fun to read, although she can be extremely annoying when you disagree with her. (I don't understand her enthusiasm for John Boorman's indigestible "Excalibur," or her condescending summation of John Ford's masterful "The Quiet Man" as "fearfully Irish and green and hearty," to give two of many examples.) Kael had an encyclopedic knowledge of film technique and history, and she was never afraid to call them the way she saw them. One of her sharpest putdowns was of the Dustin Hoffman-Mia Farrow romantic drama "John and Mary": "Remember when that man in `The Graduate' told Hoffman to go into plastics? Well, he did when he made this one." And she was no respecter of inflated reputations, as when she took on Alain Resnais' revered "Hiroshima, Mon Amour": "Hushed and hypnotic, it makes you feel so conscious of its artistry that you may feel as if you're in church and need to giggle."
Kael excelled at giving readers the exact mood and feel of a movie, and when she was right about a movie, she was very, very right. She puts the finger on Jean Cocteau's "Orphee": "Cocteau's special gift was to raise chic to art.Read more ›
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In a nutshell: in a few words, what Pauline thinks about those 500 films, worth keeping it by your side to consult at different momentsPublished 6 months ago by alexandre m liberman
There is no indexing on the Kindle edition of this book rendering it almost useless. I suggest getting the paperback. I wish I could get my money back.Published 8 months ago by Dan Dixon
If you claim to like movies and do not have Pauline Kael's mammoth collection of capsule reviews in your library, then you're kidding yourself. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JasparLamarCrabb
This is a good book for movie aficionados. I always enjoyed Pauline Kael's movie reviews in the New Yorker. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anita Young
One of the most literate of film reviewers this compilation gives a much deeper review of films than most of thos popular and shallow compilations. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by S. murugananda
This is a must-have book, but the Kindle edition was clearly a rush job. Typos and formatting errors are present on nearly every page. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Kim Scarborough
For those who might think that Pauline Kael couldn't write anything of value without a 1,500 word running start, here, in its entirety, is her opinion of the 1936 Hollywood costume... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Roochak
Good condition and timely delivery. I was disappointed in the brevity of the reviews themselves. I wish she would have done less movies and more space on each.Published on March 21, 2011 by Johnathan D. Istre