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Pauline Kael (1919–2001)

Pauline Kael was born in Petaluma, CA, in 1919, and attended the University of California at Berkeley in the 1930s. She tried and failed to work as a playwright in her 20s, and began writing film reviews as a freelance writer for film journals in the 1950s. After success with national magazines in the 1960s and publishing her first book, "I Lost ... See full bio »

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The Magical Eye Self (film critic, The New Yorker)
The Mike Douglas Show Self - Film Critic


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 1977-2000 Arena (TV Series documentary)
- Cinema (1977) ... Self
 1991 The Complete Citizen Kane (TV Movie documentary)
 1989 The Magical Eye (Documentary)
Self (film critic, The New Yorker)
 1982 Stelle emigranti (TV Movie documentary)
 1982 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary)
 1981 Talking Film (TV Series)
- The Cinema of Henry Hathaway (1981) ... Self
 1977 Film: Robert Altman and Pauline Kael (Video documentary short)
 1977 The Man with No Name (TV Movie documentary)
 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller: Excerpts from Two 1971 Episodes of 'The Dick Cavett Show' (Video documentary short)
Self - Guest / Interviewee
 1971 The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 6 July 1971 (1971) ... Self
 1971 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.124 (1971) ... Self
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Self - Film Critic
- Episode #9.224 (1970) ... Self - Film Critic
- Episode #9.163 (1970) ... Self - Film Critic
 1965 Gypsy (TV Series)
- Episode #1.11 (1965) ... Self
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 2018 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (Documentary)
 2017 The Whole Plate (TV Series documentary)
- Auteur Theory vs. Michael Bay (2017) ... Self
 2014 Life Itself (Documentary)
Self (uncredited)
 2013 Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Documentary)
 2000 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Self - Film Critic
- Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2000) ... Self - Film Critic
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Self (with Woody Allen) (uncredited)

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Book: "Movie Love" (Penguin Books) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | See more »


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Edward Landberg  (divorced)

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[on The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)] I was held by it and had a very good time, though I didn't believe any of it. See more »


Her first piece of film criticism for "The New Yorker" was a glowing review of Bonnie and Clyde (1967), written at a time when several critics were panning the film. Her review may have led to the film's eventual box office success and many Academy Award nominations the following year. See more »


Razor-sharp writing. See more »


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