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5001 Nights at the Movies Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 1991
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“She is, indeed, the Edmund Wilson of film reviewers.” ―Larry McMurtry
“She's the best film critic we've got.” ―Details
“A great critic…with a body of criticism that can be compared with Shaw's criticism of music and the theatre.” ―The Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Kael changed the way we see. Poets aren't the only unacknowledged legislators of the world; great critics write the text as well.” ―San Francisco Examiner--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
"The title is deceptive. The film is about Andrew Jackson (Lionel Barrymore) and his Presidential problems. Specifically, it deals with his dissolving his Cabinet because the wives of the members had cut a certain Mrs. Eaton (Joan Crawford). Something like this actually happened, though the picture will never convince anyone of it. Beulah Bondi smokes a corncob with the assurance befitting a First Lady, Melvyn Douglas plays a dreary, gentlemanly John Randolph, and Robert Taylor and Franchot Tone are the handsome young men. Clarence Brown directed. M-G-M. b&w"
Consider the wit and skill that went into summarizing and dispatching this long-forgotten piece of A-list fluff in six sentences, and you'll agree that Kael was as insightful (and deadly) within the length of a paragraph as she was within her preferred review length of several pages. That she did most of it from memory is flabbergasting.
The 2,800 or so reviews included here are a mixture of original entries and ruthlessly edited -- or, as she called it, vandalized -- highlights from her ten collections I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES (1965) through MOVIE LOVE (1991). It's interesting that the bad and mediocre movies considered here seem to outnumber the good ones, but it's the various ways in which those movies fail that make this such a rich and instructive volume for browsing. You'll come across such wonderful observations as, "The picture's ponderousness doesn't keep it from affecting some people deeply...Essentially, this is a dating movie...but for darker times, for times of lower expectations.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 12 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 14 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 on May 19, 2014 by JasparLamarCrabb
This is a good book for movie aficionados. I always enjoyed Pauline Kael's movie reviews in the New Yorker. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 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
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
Always enjoy Ms. Kael's reviews, even when I heartily disagree with them. Her wit, obvious love for the craft and identification of both historical and directorial trends make for... Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by Hourly Internet Recruitment