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on January 12, 2015
Pauline Kael was probably the best film reviewer ever to put pen to paper. She digs deep into a movie and dissects the heck out of it to such an extent and with such a critical eye that one often has to step back and wonder if she ever really fully enjoyed any film. Great writer, so smart, I often wondered if she might have had an impact elsewhere in human affairs, because such a wonderful intellect might seem a little misplaced when it is focused on only film making, although, to be fair, anyone who is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in art is on a worthy path. If you want to get a deep schooling on the films of much of the last half of the 20th Century, Ms. Kael is worth reading, and I would recommend purchasing her books that have the complete reviews, as opposed to any that have capsule reviews, because that is where her strength is, in the full reviews.
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on August 20, 2015
I'm not a movie buff, but for years I've always had books by Pauline Kael. They're different than most review books because rather than just review the movie she relates it to the time and culture that was going on at the time of the film. I like to read about the era I grew up in ( 70s and 80s) so reading her reviews is like reading about that cultural moment. And she's just more fun and interesting than other critics.
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on November 29, 2014
This book is an indispensable part of the library of any lover of movies. Kael was peerless and was a wonderful and vastly entertaining writer, as well as profoundly knowledgeable about film. Her depth and breadth of culture of all kinds was prodigious. She will stimulate you, sometimes infuriate you and generally inspire lively debate about and interest in her subjects. Fortunately, much of her career coincided with a very fine period in film history. The general level of film today could never give birth to or nurture such a critic. How could such a great book be out of print?
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on April 12, 2013
This book is great, if you don't already own any Pauline Kael movie books. It's a compilation of several other volumes, with some new material. I didn't read the notes about it carefully enough before buying. It has a lot of information I have in other books.
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on September 13, 2013
It covers her reviews from 1965-91. Kael is always amusing. It's fun to read her reviews of movies you loved or those you didn't. I'm really happy with this purchase and making a list of movies that I missed.
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on August 10, 2015
Heavily academic treatment/reviews of many films.....some so heavily academic that they had no meaning or interest to me. Most people will love this for some of the films reviewed, but don't get bogged down......
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