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Movie Love Paperback – February 14, 1992

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After 24 years of writing about films for The New Yorker , Kael has retired from regular reviewing. This, her 11th and last collection of previously published reviews, doesn't pretend to be comprehensive for the period covered, yet does cover most major film releases. In what may be her best collection, her writing is less hyperbolic, her judgments more considered--yet her enthusiasm seems undimmed. As usual, she does not hesitate to go her own way; she pans both recent Oscar-winning films Rain Man and Dances with Wolves (the latter review provides the book's best line: "Costner has feathers in his hair and feathers in his head"). For most film collections.
- Thomas Wiener, formerly with "American Film," Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Winner of the American National Book Award for her film criticism in 1974, Pauline Kael was, until her retirement in 1974, a reviewer and critic of films and filming for over thirty years. Other titles by Pauline Kael available from Marion Boyars are: I Lost It At the Movies, Going Steady, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Reeling, When The Lights Go Down, Taking It All In, State of the Art, Hooked, Movie Love, Raising Kane and Other Essays and 5001 Nights at the Movies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars (February 14, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714529532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714529530
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Teofilo Colon Jr on January 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Pauline Kael - - Movie Love (1988-1991)

Bird - Directed By Clint Eastwood, Starring Forest Whitaker

Gorillas In The Mist - - Directed by Michael Apted, Starring Sigourney Weaver

Patty Hearst - - Directed by Paul Schrader, Starring Natasha Richardson

Another Woman - - Directed by Woody Allen, Starring Gena Rowlands

Punchline - - Directed by David Seltzer, Starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, John Goodman

Madame Sousatzka - - Directed by John Schlesinger, Starring Shirley MacLaine

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown - - Directed By Pedro Almodovar

Things Change - - Directed by David Mamet, Starring Don Ameche

A Cry In The Dark - - Directed by Fred Schepisi, Starring Meryl Streep, Sam Neill

The Good Mother - - Directed by Leonard Nimoy, Starring Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson

Scrooged - - Directed By Richard Donner, Starring Bill Murray

High Spirits - - Directed by Neil Jordan, Starring Daryl Hannah, Liam Neeson,

The Dressmaker - - Directed by Jim O'Brien,

Tequila Sunrise - - Directed by Robert Towne, Starring Mel Gibson & Michelle Pfeiffer

Mississippi Burning - - Directed by Alan Parker, Starring Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe

Dangerous Liaisons - - Director: Stephen Frears, Starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich Michelle Pfeiffer;

Working Girl - - Director: Mike Nichols, Starring Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford;

The Accidental Tourist - - Director: Lawrence Kasdan, Starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis;

Beaches - - Director: Garry Marshall, Starring Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey;

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - - Director: Frank Oz, Starring Steve Martin, Michael
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shelley on January 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is Pauline Kael's 11th and final collection of the film reviews she wrote for The New Yorker, covering the period October 1988 to February 1991. In March 1991 the magazine quietly announced her retirement, due to the extent that the Parkinson's Disease she suffered from had incapacitated her. Her author's note begins wih a quote from Pound - "what thou lovest well remains" - which is an appropriate way to end the relationship she had with movies for over 2 decades, since her inspired reviews of movies of variable quality are Kael's heritage. Her praises here include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Dangerous Liaisons, the doco Let's Get Lost, Batman, Casualties of War, My Left Foot, Drugstore Cowboy, The Grifters, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Vincent and Theo, and Enemies A Love Story. Her pans include Another Woman, Mississippi Burning, Rain Man, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Always, Postcards from the Edge, The Sheltering Sky, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. Some memorable quotes. Bird looks like he Clint Eastwood hadn't paid his Con Ed bill - the black actors are swallowed up in darkness. As Madame Sousatzka, Shirley MacLaine could be Norma Desmond's sma;;-town spinster sister. The reference in Beaches to the bad experience Bette Midler had on Jinxed! might have more impact if by then you weren't thinking back on Jinked! almostly fondly. People used to say that Gary Cooper was a fine actor - probably because when they looked in his face they were ready to give him their powder of attorney. In Born on the Fourth of July, Tom Cruise's hysteria is like a tennis pro falling to his knees and throwing his fists up in the air. A friend of mine broke up with his woman friend after they saw Dance with Wolves: she liked it. As soon as I got home from seeing it, I ran to the phone and warned him not to it with his new woman friend.
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By JimB on January 14, 2015
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This 6x9 350-page trade paperback edition of Ms. Kael's New Yorker film reviews, 85 compete reviews in all, is a very comfortable sized book for reading that has good-sized print also. Highly recommended for the film buff who wants incredible in-depth reviews of the major movies that came out from 1988-1991, the last period of Ms. Kael's wonderful career. For anyone who wants a really nice collection of her work that spans the 30 years from 1961 through 1991, however, I would recommend "For Keeps," her own selection of her best full-length reviews from her career. She is by far the most critical film critic I have encountered, and her reviews were generally not welcomed by film-makers and actors alike, but she was and is a wonder to behold as she dug down deep into movies to discover what merit they might deserve. When I first read her, she scared me off, but years later I came back to see if I had made a mistake, and I discovered that I had. I intend to keep her around and continue to learn from her.
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