Pauline Kael

Critic, Author, Theater manager
A film critic, long with The New Yorker, Pauline Kael brought her witty, often catty, idiosyncratic yet extremely well-written and compulsively readable style and strong, insightful, and usually debatable positions to ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1919 in Petaluma, California, USA

Filmography

other (3)

Four From the New Yorker 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Stelle Emigranti 1982 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Biography

A film critic, long with The New Yorker, Pauline Kael brought her witty, often catty, idiosyncratic yet extremely well-written and compulsively readable style and strong, insightful, and usually debatable positions to her reviews from the 1960s until the early 90s. Numerous collections of her reviews have been published, including "5001 Nights at the Movies".

Relationships

Judith Kael

Mother

James Broughton

Husband
father of Kael's daughter Gina

Gina James

Daughter
born in 1948 father, James Broughton

Isaac Kael

Father
Polish immigrant

Rosa Kael

Sister
born in November 1913

EDUCATION

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California 1936 - 1940

University of California at San Diego

San Diego , California

Milestones

1991

Resigned from The New Yorker; last review appeared February 11

1967

Hired by editor William Shawn to contribute to The New Yorker

1965

Published first collection, "I Lost It at the Movies"

1955

Ran the Berkeley Cinema Guild and Studio

1953

Began career as film critic; first piece published in City Lights, a magazine based in San Francisco, California

Contributed film criticism to the Massachusetts Review, Kulcher and Sight and Sound

Staff writer at Partisan Review, Film Quarterly and others

Worked at Life, The New Republic and McCall's; reportedly was fired from the latter in 1965 after panning "The Sound of Music"

Bonus Trivia

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"Over the last two decades, Kael became a role model for a whole new generation of film critics. Virtually unconstrained by space considerations by The New Yorker Kael's lengthy reviews often gave a sociological perspective to the films she wrote about." --From The Hollywood Reporter, March 7, 1991.

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