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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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Known For

The Magical Eye Herself (film critic, The New Yorker)
(1989)
Arena Herself
(1977)
(1971)
The Mike Douglas Show Herself - Film Critic
(1970)

Filmography

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 1991 The Complete Citizen Kane (TV Movie documentary)
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 1989 The Magical Eye (Documentary)
Herself (film critic, The New Yorker)
 1982 Stelle emigranti (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 1982 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary)
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 1977 Arena (TV Series documentary)
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- Cinema (1977) ... Herself
 1971 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
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- Episode #3.124 (1971) ... Herself
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Herself - Film Critic
- Episode #9.224 (1970) ... Herself - Film Critic
- Episode #9.163 (1970) ... Herself - Film Critic
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 2018 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (Documentary)
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 2013 Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Documentary)
Herself
 2000 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Herself - Film Critic
- Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2000) ... Herself - Film Critic
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Herself (with Woody Allen) (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Hooked" (E.P. Dutton Books) See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' (1.52 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Orson Welles] By the sixties he was encased in make-up and his own fat, like a huge operatic version of W.C. Fields. See more »

Trivia:

Wrote the film school recommendation for director Paul Schrader to UCLA, which later admitted him. Schrader credits Kael with being instrumental in helping his film career. See more »

Trademark:

Sticking to her guns while being in the minority of major views of films. For example, was not a fan of Kubrick, Hitchcock or Chaplin. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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