Pauline Kael

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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 ... more »

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  • ''The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.''
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Is There a Cure for Film Criticism?" I Lost It at the Movies (1965).
  • The words "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies. This appeal is what attracts us, and ultimately wh...
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, "A Note on the Title," (1968).
  • ''It seems likely that many of the young who don't wait for others to call them artists, but simply announce that they are, don't have the patience to make art.''
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Movie Brutalists," Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (1968).
  • ''Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.''
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Movies as Opera," Going Steady (1968).
  • ''In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.''
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. Newsweek (New York, Dec. 24, 1973).
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