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Kael, Pauline (Author) & Schwartz, Sanford (Editor)

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1st Printing. 830 pages. Published in 2011. Retrospective collection of essays. One of the best collections of film criticism and one of the finest titles in the Library of America Series. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in a collectible edition format, some of Pauline Kael's finest and most representative essays. "Between 1968 and 1991, as regular film reviewer for The New Yorker Magazine, Pauline Kael used formidable tools to shape the tastes of a generation, enthralling readers for capturing, with force and fluency, the essence of an actor's gesture or the full implication of a cinematic image. Kael called movies 'the most total and encompassing art form we have', and she made her reviews a platform for considering both film and the world it engages, crafting in the process a prose style of extraordinary wit, precision, and grace. Masterpieces of observation and insight, alive on every page" (Publisher's blurb). Pauline Kael was the quintessential phenomenon: The right person at the right place and the right time. She wrote about films when films mattered. Except for that endangered species, the die-hard cinephile, film no longer matters for most people. Kael was the very first critic to predict its demise as an art with the arrival of the "Opens-Friday-Night" Hollywood blockbuster. In the Age of James Cameron and other franchises, films have never been the same nor will they recover (even though good, even great films will continue to be made, which Kael also predicted would be the case, and thus kept her going even as she declined with Parkinson's). Kael's glorious essays are a bittersweet nostalgia trip, casting a retrospective glow on The Age of Movies. "Film criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply, just because you must use everything you are and everything you know" (Pauline Kael). An absolute "must-have" title for Pauline Kael and film aficionado/collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings or remainder-marked. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest film critics of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAULINE KAEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1598531093. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: "Film criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply," Pauline Kael once observed, "just because you must use everything you are and everything you know." Between 1968 and 1991, as regular film reviewer for The New Yorker, Kael used those formidable tools to shape the tastes of a generation, enthralling readers with her gift for capturing, with force and fluency, the essence of an actor's gesture or the full implication of a cinematic image. Kael called movies "the most total and encompassing art form we have," and she made her reviews a platform for considering both film and the worlds it engages, crafting in the process a prose style of extraordinary wit, precision, and improvisatory grace. To read The Age of Movies, the first new selection in more than a generation, is to be swept up into an endlessly revealing and entertaining dialogue with Kael at her witty, exhilarating, and opinionated best. Her ability to evoke the essence of a great artist-an Orson Welles or a Robert Altman-or to celebrate the way even seeming trash could tap deeply into our emotions was matched by her unwavering eye for the scams and self-deceptions of a corrupt movie industry. Here in this career spanning collection are her appraisals of the films that defined an era-among them Breathless, Bonnie and Clyde, The Leopard, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, Nashville-along with many others, some awaiting rediscovery, all providing the occasion for masterpieces of observation and insight, alive on every page.

About the Author: Pauline Kael reached national attention in the 1960s, first in a brief stint as critic for The New Republic, finally as a longtime fixture at The New Yorker (1968-1991). She was considered by many to be the most influential American film critic of the last 50 years. She died in September of 2001.

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