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Pauline Kael was probably the best film reviewer ever to put pen to paper
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.