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Pauline Kael

American film critic

Died when: 82 years 76 days (986 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael (/ke?l/;June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991.

Known for her "witty, biting, highly opinionated and sharply focused" reviews, Kael's opinions often ran contrary to those of her contemporaries.

One of the most influential American film critics of her era, she left a lasting impression on the art form.

Roger Ebert argued in an obituary that Kael "had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades." Kael, he said, "had no theory, no rules, no guidelines, no objective standards.

You couldn't apply her 'approach' to a film.With her it was all personal." Owen Gleiberman said she "was more than a great critic.

She reinvented the form, and pioneered an entire aesthetic of writing."

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