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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)
Arena Herself
The Mike Douglas Show Herself - Film Critic


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 1991 The Complete Citizen Kane (TV Movie documentary)
 1989 The Magical Eye (Documentary)
Herself (film critic, The New Yorker)
 1982 Stelle emigranti (TV Movie documentary)
 1982 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary)
 1977 Film: Robert Altman and Pauline Kael (Video documentary short)
 1977 Arena (TV Series documentary)
- Cinema (1977) ... Herself
 1977 The Man with No Name (TV Movie documentary)
 1971 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- 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)
 2017 The Whole Plate (TV Series documentary)
- Auteur Theory vs. Michael Bay (2017) ... Herself
 2014 Life Itself (Documentary)
Herself (uncredited)
 2013 Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Documentary)
 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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Other Works:

Book: "501 Nights at the Movies" (Henry Holt & Co.) See more »

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


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[on Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)] Playing the bitch, Dyan Cannon--who looks a bit like Lauren Bacall and a bit like Jeanne Moreau, but the wrong bits--is most effective. 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 »


The Bird Woman Of Petaluma

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