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The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael Hardcover – October 27, 2011
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If Library of America is going to archive Kael's work and place her within the canon with other great Library of America authors, they should publish all of her works in quality bindings. Instead we have a rather sad book here which is bound in a rather mediocre way.
The amazing thing about Kael is that she reviewed all sorts of stuff for a long period of time -- major hits, cinematic masterpieces, failed films, and the general all-purpose stuff that Hollywood churns out every year. Seeing her takes on minor and forgotten films can be as enlightening as her holding forth at length about Citizen Kane or Disney. For she was a critic, yes, but also a sort of de facto movie beat reporter.
Most of Kael's work (all of it perhaps?) can be tracked down in a series of paperbacks. And the best Kael collection remains the collection titled For Keeps which is a big ol' heavy book, a book so full of Kael's brain power that many of the copies have twisted spines or don't want to lie flat.
Glaring omissions - Ellen Burstyn. Meryl Streep post Deer Hunter. Holly Hunter. Jon Voight. Julie Andrews. Sean Connery. Kathleen Turner. Joanne Woodward. Disney.Read more ›
Among critics, it's generally said that favorable reviews are harder to write than unfavorable ones, and Kael was particularly gifted at the rave. So all in all this isn't a bad selection and editor Sanford Schwartz has done a good job, and taken an interesting approach, in the space he was given.
As other reviewers have said, the binding is cheap and bad (FOR KEEPS' binding is just as bad and works out even worse, because it has more bulk). But the pages and design here are good, and it's nice to have THE KAEL OF POSITIVE THINKING. Even at that, enough negativity remains to keep everything spicy. The book includes, for example, "Why are Movies So Bad? or, The Numbers," and her review of MAGNUM FORCE, which begins, "Clint Eastwood isn't offensive; he isn't an actor, so one could hardly call him a bad actor."
If ONLY the LOA had picked a book like, say, HARLAN ELLISON'S WATCHING -- which presents film reviews in the context of essays (which digress, but still come back to the original point) about society and America -- that would have been SO much more entertaining and enlightening! This lady doesn't even dig Hitchcock enough to afford him much attention. How she became so revered in her time is (as they say in a refrain from "Shakespeare in Love") a mystery.
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Perhaps the best film critic of all. Not so easy to please but that makes her films analysis even more interesting.Published 20 months ago by Jesus Torres Gonzalez
She was the best movie critic ever. She loved movies, and even in her most scathing criticism, that love came across.Published on August 17, 2014 by Pranay Gupte