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Kael, Pauline - The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael

The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

Edited by Sanford Schwartz

“Pauline Kael commanded the American idiom. Her paragraphs announced their author. Like George Bernard Shaw, she wrote reviews that will be read for their style, humor, and energy long after some of their subjects have been forgotten.”—Roger Ebert
Overview  |  Table of Contents

Introduction, Sanford Schwartz

Movies, the Desperate Art

from I Lost it at the Movies
The Glamour of Delinquency
The Golden Coach
Breathless, and the Daisy Miller Doll
West Side Story
Jules and Jim
Billy Budd
Hud, Deep in the Divided Heart of Hollywood

from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Laurence Olivier as Othello
Marlon Brando: An American Hero
Movie Brutalists
Tourist in the City of Youth [Blow-up]
Movies on Television
Orson Welles: There Ain’t No Way [Falstaff / Chimes at Midnight]
Bonnie and Clyde

from Going Steady
Movies as Opera [China Is Near]
A Minority Movie [La Chinoise]
A Sign of Life [Shame]
Trash, Art, and the Movies
Saintliness [Simon of the Desert]

from Deeper into Movies
The Bottom of the Pit [Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid]
High School
Fellini’s “Mondo Trasho” [Fellini Satyricon]
Notes on Heart and Mind
The Poetry of Images [The Conformist]
Pipe Dream [McCabe & Mrs. Miller]
Helen of Troy, Sexual Warrior [The Trojan Women]
Louis Malle’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog [Murmur of the Heart]
Urban Gothic [The French Connection]
The Fall and Rise of Vittorio De Sica [The Garden of the Finzi-Continis]
Stanley Strangelove [A Clockwork Orange]
Alchemy [The Godfather]
Collaboration and Resistance [The Sorrow and the Pity]

from Reeling
Tango [Last Tango in Paris]
Pop Versus Jazz [Lady Sings the Blues]
The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book
Days and Nights in the Forest
A Rip-Off with Genius [Marilyn]
After Innocence [The Last American Hero]
Everyday Inferno [Mean Streets]
Movieland—The Bums’ Paradise [The Long Goodbye]
Moments of Truth [The Iceman Cometh]
Politics and Thrills
Survivor [Sleeper]
Killing Time [Magnum Force]
Cicely Tyson Goes to the Fountain [The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman]
The Used Madonna [The Mother and the Whore]
When the Saints Come Marching In [Lenny]
Fathers and Sons [The Godfather, Part II]
Beverly Hills as a Big Bed [Shampoo]
Coming: Nashville

from When the Lights Go Down
The Man from Dream City [Cary Grant]
All for Love [The Story of Adèle H.]
Walking into Your Childhood [The Magic Flute]
Notes on the Nihilistic Poetry of Sam Peckinpah [The Killer Elite]
The Artist as a Young Comedian [Next Stop, Greenwich Village]
Underground Man [Taxi Driver]
Notes on Evolving Heroes, Morals, Audiences
Hot Air [Network]
Marguerite Duras [The Truck]
A Woman for All Seasons? [Julia]
Shivers [The Fury]
Fear of Movies
Bertrand Blier
The God-Bless-American Symphony [The Deer Hunter]
Pods [Invasion of the Body Snatchers]

from Taking It All In
Why Are Movies So Bad? or, The Numbers
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
The Man Who Made Howard Hughes Sing [Melvin and Howard]
Used Cars
Religious Pulp, or The Incredible Hulk [Raging Bull]
Atlantic City
Hey, Torquemada [History of the WorldıııPart I]
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gadgeteer [Blow Out]
Pennies from Heaven
Shoot the Moon
Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Up the River [Fitzcarraldo, Burden of Dreams]
Memory [The Night of the Shooting Stars]

from State of the Art
A Masterpiece [The Leopard]
The Perfectionist [Yentl]
Golden Kimonos [The Makioka Sisters]

from Hooked
Out There and In Here [Blue Velvet]
Irish Voices [The Dead]
The Lady from the Sea [High Tide]

from Movie Love
Unreal [Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown]
A Wounded Apparition [Casualties of War]
Satyr [My Left Foot]
The Grifters

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