Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark

Author(s): Brian Kellow

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A decade after her death, Kael remains the most important figure in film criticism today, in part due to her own inimitable style and power within the film community and in part due to the enormous influence she has exerted over an entire subsequent generation of film critics.


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"Kael was a master at interpretation, and this book is a highly successful interpretation of the storied critic....A must-read for any devotee of film; compellingly written and recommended for all libraries."
-"Library Journal" (Starred Review)
"In his fluent, immensely readable study, Kellow fairly represents Kael's tendency to hyperbole (writing of Barbra Streisand or "Last Tango in Paris") as well as hurtful ad hominem (George Cukor's "Rich and Famous; Shoah")."
-"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
"Kellow performs biographical magic, telling her story mostly through her most famous (and notorious) reviews of some of the landmark films of the '60s and '70s."
-"Kirkus" (Starred Review)
"For a biography to do justice to a complex personality and a great mind such as Kael's, extensive research must be matched by acute perception. That requirement is fully, even joyously, met here....Kellow fleshes out these major stages as well as formative mi

General Fields

  • : 9780670023127
  • : Viking Books
  • : Viking Books
  • : October 2011
  • : 239mm X 166mm X 35mm
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : Brian Kellow
  • : Hardback
  • : 791.43092
  • : 432