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Age of Movies by Pauline Kael.. When you saw Marshall McLuhan come to the defense of Woody Allen in a ticket line in Annie Hall, it was a Kael moment. (Did she love it or hate it? ‘Snap this one and find out!)

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Kael spent her whole career working with the certainty that movies could mean something profound to the audience and to the culture at large—an attitude that belongs not just to an earlier generation but to a lost geological epoch."

The Wall Street Journal

"She flouted the received wisdoms of the day and demanded that while the great arthouse auteurs receive their due, so too should those skilled practitioners of the lower orders of cinema. Kael won the National Book Award and inspired a mini-legion of fellow movie-crazed critics who came of age during the great flowering of that American art form and tried to keep its flames burning, even when the culture as a whole moved on to other loves."

The Millions

Author bio: Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Earlier in her career, her work appeared in City Lights, McCall's and The New Republic. Kael was known for her "witty, biting, highly opinionated, and sharply focused" reviews, her opinions often contrary to those of her contemporaries. She is often regarded as the most influential American film critic of her day. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_Kael

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (750 pp. Argumentaglory: Print only.)

Publisher Website: http://www.loa.org/volume.jsp?RequestID=348

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