The Age of Movies

The Age of Movies

Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

Book - 2011
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"Film criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply," Pauline Kael once observed, "just because you must use everything you are and everything you know." Between 1968 and 1991, as regular film reviewer for The New Yorker , Kael used those formidable tools to shape the tastes of a generation, enthralling readers with her gift for capturing, with force and fluency, the essence of an actor's gesture or the full implication of a cinematic image. Kael called movies "the most total and encompassing art form we have," and she made her reviews a platform for considering both film and the worlds it engages, crafting in the process a prose style of extraordinary wit, precision, and improvisatory grace. To read The Age of Movies , the first new selection in more than a generation, is to be swept up into an endlessly revealing and entertaining dialogue with Kael at her witty, exhilarating, and opinionated best. Her ability to evoke the essence of a great artist-an Orson Welles or a Robert Altman-or to celebrate the way even seeming trash could tap deeply into our emotions was matched by her unwavering eye for the scams and self-deceptions of a corrupt movie industry. Here in this career spanning collection are her appraisals of the films that defined an era-among them Breathless , Bonnie and Clyde , The Leopard , The Godfather , Last Tango in Paris , Nashville -along with many others, some awaiting rediscovery, all providing the occasion for masterpieces of observation and insight, alive on every page.
Publisher: New York : Library of America, c2011
ISBN: 9781598531091
1598531093
Branch Call Number: 791.4375 K117ag 2011
Characteristics: xxiv, 828 p. : port. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Sanford 1946-

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ash966 Mar 08, 2018

More fun to read than seeing some of the actual movies reviewed.

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uncommonreader
Jun 12, 2014

As expected, these reviews collected from Kael's books are good reference for film studies.

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