A sanitised version of a great contrarian

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March 2012, no. 339
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The Age of Movies: Selected writings of Pauline Kael edited by Sanford Schwartz

The Library of America, US$40 hb, 852 pp

A sanitised version of a great contrarian

by
March 2012, no. 339

Pauline Kael did not shy away from big statements. She said that the release date of Last Tango in Paris would be as historically resonant as the night The Rite of Spring had its première, and she described Fiddler On the Roof as a movie of operatic power. As a film reviewer at the New Yorker from 1967 to 1991, she was a significant cultural figure, particularly in the 1970s, when her influence was at its height. It is for her extremes that Kael was celebrated and feared, for her exuberantly adversarial prose, and for the ferocious expression of her cinematic loves and hates.

Philippa Hawker reviews 'The Age of Movies: Selected writings of Pauline Kael' edited by Sanford Schwartz

The Age of Movies: Selected writings of Pauline Kael

edited by Sanford Schwartz

The Library of America, US$40 hb, 852 pp

Buy this book

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