Kael, Pauline (Author) & Schwartz, Sanford (Editor). THE AGE OF MOVIES: SELECTED WRITINGS OF PAULINE KAEL. New York City, NY: Library Of America, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 830 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the best collections of film criticism for our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in one handsome, collectible edition, "The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael". Some of Pauline Kael's finest and most representative essays, her very best, even according to her arch-nemesis, Renata Adler, who praised the book's release. "Between 1968 and 1991, as regular film reviewer for The New Yorker Magazine, Pauline Kael used formidable tools to shape the tastes of a generation, enthralling readers for capturing, with force and fluency, the essence of an actor's gesture or the full implication of a cinematic image. Kael called movies 'the most total and encompassing art form we have', and she made her reviews a platform for considering both film and the world it engages, crafting in the process a prose style of extraordinary wit, precision, and grace. Masterpieces of observation and insight, alive on every page" (Publisher's blurb). Pauline Kael was the quintessential modern phenomenon: The right person at the right place at the right time. She wrote about films - she preferred to call them movies, which is really what they are, moving pictures, not just negatives projected on a screen - when films still mattered. Except for that endangered species, the die-hard cinephile, movies no longer really matter for most people, except as escapist entertainment ("I am not entertained by entertainment"). Kael was the very first film critic to predict its imminent demise AS AN ART FORM with the arrival of the "Opens-Friday-Night" Hollywood blockbuster. In the Age of James Cameron's "Avatar" and all other meretricious franchises, movies have never been the same nor will they recover. Of course, good, even great films will continue to be made, sporadically and from every conceivable corner of the globe, which Kael also predicted would be the case, and which kept her going even as she declined inexorably with Parkinson's in the last decade of her life. "Film criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply, just because you must use everything you are and everything you know" (Pauline Kael). An absolute "must-have" title for Pauline Kael collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings or remainder-marked. A scarce copy thus. The most influential film critic of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAULINE KAEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1598531093. $100.00

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