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Pauline Kael : a life in the dark

Author: Brian Kellow
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In her nearly quarter-century (1968-1991) reviewing films at The New Yorker, Pauline Kael became the most widely read, the most influential, the most powerful, and, often enough, the most provocative critic in America. Her passionate engagement with the work of a new generation of artists--and her ability to share her enthusiasm with a fresh, vernacular, and confrontational style--changed the face of film criticism.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biography
Named Person: Pauline Kael; Pauline Kael; Pauline Kael
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Kellow
ISBN: 9780670023127 0670023124
OCLC Number: 707969075
Description: xi, 417 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Brian Kellow.

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In her nearly quarter-century (1968-1991) reviewing films at The New Yorker, Pauline Kael became the most widely read, the most influential, the most powerful, and, often enough, the most provocative critic in America. Her passionate engagement with the work of a new generation of artists--and her ability to share her enthusiasm with a fresh, vernacular, and confrontational style--changed the face of film criticism. On the tenth anniversary of her death comes the first full-scale biography: author Brian Kellow has interviewed family members, friends, colleagues, and adversaries and written a detailed portrait of this remarkable, often relentlessly driven woman. Kellow examines the controversy Kael generated by overstepping what many considered the boundaries of critical propriety. He follows her successes as well as her battles. For anyone who loves film or is concerned about the role of criticism in the arts, this book is a revelatory biography of one of the most influential women of the past half century.--From publisher description.

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