Conversations With Pauline Kael
is a collection of interviews conducted between 1966 and 1994. Kael, who wrote brilliantly about the movies for four decades, proves to be as disarming and revelatory in conversation as she was in print. Highlights of this volume include a debate between Kael and Jean-Luc Godard and Kael's comments on movies like Schindler's List
, Pulp Fiction
, and The Piano
, which appeared after she retired from the New Yorker
magazine in 1991. Kael also talks frankly about other critics' treatments of her, her stint in Hollywood as executive consultant for Paramount Pictures, and the New Yorker
with Tina Brown as editor. Editor Will Brantley provides an informative preface to this book, which is both an excellent introduction to Kael's unique perspective and a treat for the faithful who thought they might not hear from her again.