Vg+/vg+. Large coll. of reviews from the early 80's by a once controversial critic. 1st edition. Binding is bds. cl.w. dj. Laid in is an advance reading copy of "Afterglow A Last Conversation With Pauline Kael" by Francis Davis. Minute rubbing to the front cover. Fine. Sold as a collection only.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First edition. Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Kael was known for her "witty, biting, highly opinionated, and sharply focused" movie reviews. She approached movies emotionally, with a strongly colloquial writing style. She is often regarded as the most influential American film critic of her day and left a lasting impression on many major critics including Armond White and Roger Ebert, who has said that Kael "had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades."
As New in Very Good+ dust jacket. 0525243690. Book As New with no notes, names, or ANY markings. DJ not price clipped ($22.50) with top front of DJ crimped, else Fine with NO tears, cuts, or nicks.; 8vo; 404 pages.
Publishers Weekly, 1985-09-27 These essays on ``the state of the art of moviemaking'' are state-of-the-art Kael. She writes: ``In the 1970s, people who met me usually said something on the order of `You're so luckyyou get to go to the movies.' In the 1980s, people are more likely to say `Do you have to sit through that stuff?' They're referring, of course, to the infantilization of movies in the '80s.'' Nevertheless, in this collection of her New Yorker reviews, spanning June 1983 to July 1985, Kael has ``culled some pretty good pictures''Stop Making Sense (``makes wonderful sense''), The Right Stuff (``stirring, enjoyable mess'') and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (a ``flying-carpet movie'')while giving the thumbs down to othersThe Cotton Club (``doesn't give you the pleasures of a plot''), Dune (a ``singularly ambiguous and unappetizing Messiah story'') and Body Double (``stupid yet moderately entertaining''). Kael looks at 117 movies here, and demonstrates throughout why she remains one of our premier film ciritics, often penning pieces more engaging and memorable than the films she examines. Other critics rarely match her ability to capture the spirit and essence of any movie.November
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