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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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The Magical Eye Herself (film critic, The New Yorker)
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
 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: "When the Lights Go Down" (Holt, Rinehart & Winston) See more »

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


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[on Beverly D'Angelo] She's a wonderful actress and a delightful comedian. She's really a symbol of what's wrong with movies right now, that a woman so beautiful and talented can't seem to get lead roles. It's rough for a woman. She's been around for a while, so hey just don't think of her. But she's so gorgeous and so much fun to watch. Every time I see a movie with some bland new actress who "... See more »


Her first book, "I Lost It At The Movies", contains a lengthy put-down of Herbert Biberman's famous film, "Salt Of The Earth". However, she describes in the article various scenes, moments and lines of dialogue which are not in the final version of the film as shown, although they are in the published version of the screenplay. This led several people to allege that she had panned the film ... See more »


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