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I Lost it at the Movies : Film Writings, 1954-65 - Pauline Kael

I Lost it at the Movies

Film Writings, 1954-65

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Published: 1st January 1994
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"I Lost it at the Movies" is vintage Kael on such classics of post-War cinema as "On the Waterfront, Smiles of a Summer Night, West Side Story, The Seven Samurai, Lolita, Jules et Jim" etc. Her comments are so fresh and direct, it's as if the movies had only been released last week.

Pauline Kael is a polemical writer engaged in a lover's quarrel with films. Her reviews come to us almost like dispatches from the front lines; everything seems typed out under fire. Now she's slamming her colleagues (and they can be intellectuals like Dwight MacDonald, institutionalized fuddy-duddies like Bosley Crowther, or those cute, cocktail party moralists of Time). Next she's deflating the "arty," the pondersome and fashionable (this on the N.Y. Film Festival: "I've never seen so many people sleeping through movies as at Lincoln Center; no wonder there is talk of 'cinema' achieving the social status of opera"). Hollywood is called "canned Americana," Kracauer's social-realist theories are majestically torn limb from limb, the poor pop-culture addicts of the so-called New American Cinema get it every which way (Are they perhaps "making a comment on our civilization by the suggestion that trash is the true film art?"). Does this irrepressible dreadnought like anything? Yes, quite a bit: e.g. Griffith, Renoir, Kurosawa, Ray, Singin' in the Rain, L'Aventura, Shoeshine. Are contradictions involved? Indeed: she salutes the slam-bang surrealism of Shoot the Piano Player, but not the anarchic stylizations of Resnais or 8?? she reads too much into too little (as in Jules and Jim); she misses the point of the later Bergman; at times her reasoning is delinquently flippant. But whatever her faults, her virtues predominate. Never dull, blazingly personal, provokingly penetrating, awfully funny, her collection may well do for film criticism what Mary McCarthy's Sights and Spectacles achieved in the theatre. Miss Kael is a "find." (Kirkus Reviews)

Introduction: Zeitgeist and Poltergeist; Or, Are Movies Going to Pieces?p. 3
Broadsidesp. 29
Fantasies of the Art-House Audiencep. 31
The Glamour of Delinquencyp. 44
Commitment and the Straitjacketp. 62
Hud, Deep in the Divided Heart of Hollywoodp. 78
Retrospective Reviews: Movies Remembered with Pleasurep. 95
The Earrings of Madame de ... (1953)p. 97
The Golden Coach (1953)p. 101
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)p. 105
La Grande Illusion (1937)p. 108
Forbidden Games (1952)p. 111
Shoeshine (1947)p. 114
The Beggar's Opera (1953)p. 116
The Seven Samurai (1954)p. 119
Broadcasts and Reviews, 1961-1963p. 125
Breathless, and the Daisy Miller Dollp. 127
The Cousinsp. 132
Canned Americanap. 136
West Side Storyp. 141
L'Avventurap. 148
One, Two, Threep. 150
The Markp. 155
Kagip. 160
The Innocentsp. 163
A View from the Bridge, and a Note on The Children's Hourp. 172
The Day the Earth Caught Firep. 176
The Come-Dressed-As-the-Sick-Soul-of-Europe Parties: La Notte, Last Year at Marienbad, La Dolce Vitap. 179
A Taste of Honeyp. 196
Victimp. 201
Lolitap. 203
Shoot the Piano Playerp. 210
Jules and Jimp. 216
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Manp. 222
Fires on the Plain (Nobi)p. 225
Replying to Listenersp. 228
Billy Buddp. 234
Yojimbop. 239
Devip. 245
How the Long Distance Runner Throws the Racep. 256
8 1/2 Confessions of a Movie Directorp. 261
Polemicsp. 267
Is There a Cure for Film Criticism? Or, Some Unhappy Thoughts on Siegfried Kracauer's Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Realityp. 269
Circles and Squaresp. 292
Morality Plays Right and Leftp. 319
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780714529752
ISBN-10: 0714529753
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Type: New edition