Pauline Kael, the notorious, you-loved-her-or-you-hated-her reviewer for the New Yorker, would be one hundred years old this week. To celebrate that, the New Yorker published an overview of, and links to, six of her most famous reviews: “Goodfellas,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Godfather,” Citizen Kane,” “Star Wars,” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” That article is the first on the list below. It’s behind a paywall, but even if you don’t subscribe to the New Yorker you should be able to get a few of their articles for free, including this one.
For those of you who don’t subscribe, here are links to some of her reviews that you should be able to reach without a subscription. (They’re from a website the New Yorker calls “Scraps from the Loft,” and as far as we can tell there is no wall protecting them.) You can identify the movie being reviewed from the link. The first link below goes to her review of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” for example. If you do happen to subscribe to the New Yorker, all of her reviews are archived there.
Books and Articles Recommended by Members of the Society and the Public
We do not endorse these, we just think we ought to pass them along for those who might wish to take a look.
Recommended by Don Head:
Theory of film : the redemption of physical reality
by Kracauer, Siegfried, 1889-1966
Publication date 1960
Topics Motion Pictures
Publisher Oxford University Press