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State of the Art Paperback – November 27, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition edition (November 27, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525481869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525481867
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is Pauline Kael's 8th collection of film reviews taken from The New Yorker magazine covering the period June 1983 to July 1985. The title is a departure from her sexually tinged titles of the past, chosen in favour of Grand Passions, since she wanted something to sound ominous and sweeping and just slightly clinical. The films she praises here include Under Fire, Stop Making Sense, Yentl, The Right Stuff, Prizzi's Honor, Choose Me, The Makioka Sisters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and The Leopard. The ones she pans include Flashdance ("You may think it's a little late for this girl to start taking ballet classes, but she's been dancing everynight in her dreams, so who needs practice?"), Terms of Endearment, Rambo, The Draughtman's Contract, Daniel, Silkwood, and The Cotton Club. Some quotes - I couldn't sit through Betrayal. My body wouldn't let me. Zelig is like a teeny carnival that you may have missed - it was in the yard behind the Methodist church last week. The speeches (in The Draughtman's Contract) are so arch and twitty they seemed to be pitched higher than a dog whistle. Sudden Impact might be taken for parody if the sledgehammer-slow pacing didn't tell you that the director wasn't in on the joke. And, if I never see another fist-fight or car chase or doberman attack, I won't have any feeling of loss. And that goes for rottweillers too.
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In her book, "State of The Art", which covers the period of June of 1983 through July of 1985) Critic Pauline Kael writes about the movies:

The Man With Two Brains

Superman III
Trading Places

The Survivors
Twilight Zone--The Movie

The Grey Fox

The Draughtsman's Contract
Staying Alive

Pauline at the Beach
Risky Business

The Moon In the Gutter
The Leopard

Cross Creek
Lonely Hearts

The Right Stuff
The Big Chill

Under Fire

Heart Like A Wheel
Educating Rita

Star So

Terms of Endearment
Never Cry Wolf


To Be or Not To Be

The Dresser
Uncommon Valor
Sudden Impact

Broadway Danny Rose
Basileus Quartet

The Lonely Guy
El Norte
Blame It On Rio

Entre Nous

Against All Odds

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes
Racing With The Moon
Unfaithfully Yours

Moscow on the Hudson

Romancing the Stone

Swing Shift

The Natural
Sixteen Candles

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
The Bounty


The 4th Man
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Under the Volcano

The Pope of Greenwich Village

The Bostonians
Repo Man

Purple Rain
The Adventuers of Buckaroo Banzai

All of Me
First Name: Carmen

Swann In Love
...Read more ›
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