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Deeper Into Movies: Film Writings, 1969-1972 (The Film Writings #4)

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Published November 1st 1998 by Marion Boyars Publishers (first published 1973)
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Christos Tsiolkas
Oct 10, 2007 Christos Tsiolkas rated it it was amazing
Found this as a teenager on the shelf at the local library, sat down cross-legged and did not get up for an hour. It was the first book to make me realise that you could actively engage critically with the films you watched, both those you loved and those you hated. I have not stopped reading and re-reading Kael since then and I still find myself laughing out loud, being infuriated by some of her judgements and loving the clarity and precision of her language and thoughts. This is probably the b ...more
Paul Dinger
Jan 28, 2009 Paul Dinger rated it it was amazing
Whenever I moved, I drew comfort from the fact that I could find a new book of hers wherever I went. Though she grew older, her prose never wavered. She was a gifted commentator on the film world. She loved and adored its artists, ridculed it's sham artists, and loathed and despised its businessmen. And scared cows? Eastwood, Wayne...they could run but they couldn't hide. She sees the fascist in Dirty Harry and the chicken hawk in the Cowboys (not to mention the cant of 'liberla filmakers' who t ...more
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May 05, 2013 Philip Bardach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over at least a few years of picking this book up between various other readings, I finally got around to finishing it. While the rhetorical structure of much of the criticism can get a bit monotonous after a while, there is such a high level of persuasiveness and close, astute analysis present that's missing from a lot of latter day criticism (never mind film). Her best writing in Deeper Into Movies is in the effusive longer pieces, and if there's another high compliment that I can pay to Kael' ...more
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Pauline Kael was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. She was known for her "witty, biting, highly opinionated, and sharply focused" movie reviews. She approached movies emotionally, with a strongly colloquial writing style. She is often regarded as the most influential American film critic of her day and made a lasting impression on other major critics ...more
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The Film Writings (10 books)
  • I Lost it at the Movies: Film Writings, 1954-1965
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Film Writings, 1965-1967
  • Going Steady: Film Writings, 1968-1969
  • Reeling: Film Writings, 1972-1975
  • When the Lights Go Down: Film Writings, 1975-1980
  • Taking it All In: Film Writings, 1980-1983
  • State of the Art: Film Writings, 1983-1985
  • Hooked: Film Writings 1985-1988
  • Movie Love: Film Writings, 1988-1991

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