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For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies

Author: Pauline Kael
Original publication date: 1994

During her time as the New Yorker's chief film critic, from 1968 to 1991, Pauline Kael published a number of review anthologies. For Keeps draws from all of them for a career-spanning compendium of work. Fearless and frequently angry, Kael penned biting reviews that pushed against the tide of popular opinion. Critics loved West Side Story. Kael hated it. When Last Tango in Paris was being throttled, she fought for its genius. And so on.

Agree wither her scatter-shot taste or not, Kael was an incredible personality, and did much to get pop culture talking about movies intelligently. Even when she was wrong she got her point across. —RS

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