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On September 3, 2001, the movies and those who love them lost one of their greatest friends - a friend who never tired of championing the best that the movies could offer and didn't shrink from speaking her mind. This is a biography of the ascerbic and witty film critic Pauline Kael....

Title : Afterglow: A Last Conversation With Pauline Kael
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ISBN : 9780306812309
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 134 Pages
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Afterglow: A Last Conversation With Pauline Kael Reviews

  • Gordon
    2019-03-20 15:56

    For those who loved her reviews when she was doing them for the New Yorker or LA Times, this book is a reminder of what American brilliance can be like at its best, unadorned, plain spoken, and incisive. Kael in this loving depiction of her does not try to be deep, nor does she attempt five dollar words when simple ones will do better. Still, she is able. She sees the heart of the matter and enjoys it. She takes Voltaire's abjuration to heart, she does not reject all food, rather she enjoys all sorts of American film from The Godfather to The Sopranos. It does not take a film major to understand her analyses of film, but it does require a quick mind. Even as she clearly fades during the conversations with the writer, she is still at once the Lincoln of our film literature, rough-hewn and sturdy. This is a great way to get to know Kael and enter into a relationship with her that can last through her many good books.

  • Richard
    2019-04-04 16:42

    This is truly a last conversation with the late, great film reviewer Pauline Kael. this is an intemimate view into the views and life of Kael who was best known for her reviews with the New Yorker in 70's and 80's. Her reviews read like a magnificient recipe that you want to dive right into. She was one of the most influential reviewers of her day and if you love words and movies which you must if you've read this far you owe it to yoruself to pickup her books, "I Lost It At The Movies" etc.This brief comment doesn't do either Davis' book or Kael's reviews justice but I urge you to look into her work which is very readable and will give you great insight into new movies you've never heard of as well as new angles on those you've already seen and loved.FYI, Davis is married to Terry Gross of NPR "Fresh Air" fame and is equally adept at the art of conversation.

  • Carl
    2019-03-28 21:43

    "The tremor in her voice had grown more pronounced since I last spoke with her, only a few weeks earlier, and she couldn't go very far without her cane. But her voice was still merry, and she was still the Pauline we remembered and admired, tart and crackling with energy as she gave us the grand tour, showing us the exercise bike she said she hardly ever used, the Tiffany lamps she had picked up cheap over the years, the paintings by her friend Manny Farber, the white piano that had once belonged to the visual artist Jess, and the shelf of foreign translations of her books." p. 15–16

  • Paul Dinger
    2019-03-23 17:42

    Pauline Kael literally died in the days surrounding 911 and I didn't learn about her passing until later. I was devastated. She never did seem to get old, my every entrance into another college always brought a trip to the library where a new Pauline Kael book seemed to wait. I was sad that there would never be another. I did finally weep when I learned. It is strange that someone I never met had a powerful impact upon my life, but she did.I look upon my writing from college onward and can see it in reflections of her much better prose. I really think her books and the New Yorker magazine reviews were for me writing class, and she was a demanding taskmaster.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-01 18:48

    He let more threads drop than I wish - I would have loved to hear more about her theory that curiosity about sex and dating is what drives most people to the movies. (I'm not sure I agree so would have liked to hear more from her on that.) I also have mixed feelings about her single viewing rule. Mostly because I think rules are silly, but also because our understanding and appreciation of some movies benefit from repeat viewings. This book represents a conversation between friends. It's not an indepth interview and one gets the sense omissions or failure to follow threads is more the result of familiarity than negligence.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-11 19:42

    This slim but potent volume offers movie lovers an elegant good-bye from the acerbic, wildly opinionated National Book Award- winning film critic who reigned at the New Yorker from 1968 to 1991. The New York Times called her "probably the most influential film critic of her time." Kael's enthusiasm for films was contagious, as she praised or damned them with giddy vitality. Longtime friend Davis's three extended conversations find the octogenarian still an avid moviegoer. While this book doesn't offer extended reviews, fans will be delighted to hear Kael weigh in on movies released since she stopped writing a decade ago. She enjoyed the "sweet" Star Trek spoof "Galaxy Quest;" the first half of "Boogie Nights;" "High Fidelity" ("it gets better as it goes along"); and Brian De Palma's "Mission to Mars." She was also fond of TV's "terrific" "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos" ("I loved the first season and watched it religiously"). She found "Silence of the Lambs" "a hideous and obvious piece of moviemaking"; Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" "ludicrous from the word go"; and "American Beauty" "heavy and turgid." She also blasts later-day Steven Spielberg ("Always" was "a shameful movie" and the casting was "terribly wrongheaded" in "Schindler's List"). Besides film quips, Kael defends her critical review of the Holocaust documentary "Shoah," regrets being talked out of reviewing "Deep Throat" and discusses current filmmaking and her 20-year battle with Parkinson's disease. FYI: The book's September 3, 2002 publication date coincided with the one-year anniversary of Kael's death at age 82.

  • Corey Pung
    2019-03-27 23:52

    to read my full review go to’s importance as a critic was that she was never afraid to go against the grain, to jeer what others cheered, and cheer what others jeered. It was the latter that was so very important. All too frequently in the film world, perfectly decent films go unnoticed while shlock reigns supreme. Every movie buff has at least a dozen films on their favorites list that no one else has heard of or bothered to watch.* As a critic, she’s one who essentially kicks the alpha-dog and feeds the underdog when necessary.

  • Colleen Wainwright
    2019-03-28 20:00

    What's better than one of our greatest critics talking about movies and TV she loves (and has loved)? Having her talk about them with a wonderful fellow critic who loves and appreciates her, the better to draw out wisdom accumulated over a very interesting lifetime. This is a quick and wonderful read, full of bits and pieces I'd not known about Kael (especially her varied work history pre-New Yorker). There are also plenty of one-off recos and little rabbit trails to fall down provided within. Charming read!

    2019-04-16 20:58

    a breezy, funny, and short interview book. The author, Francis Davis, interviewed Paulline Kael over the course of a weekend shortly before her death. Kael has some witty observations about (then) current cinema and television (who knew she'd be a big fan of 'Sex and the City'). Francis doesn't really push her into revealing any revelatory thoughts on past or present work and life. In spite of this more cursory approach, its a very enjoyable read for any Kael devotees.

  • Diane
    2019-04-14 19:40

    Disclosure: I am not a film nerd and seem unable to sit still long enough to watch many movies. I do read movie reviews and used to read Pauline Kael when she wrote for The New Yorker. I found her to be very smart but a bit snarky and mean. This is a last interview with Kael and it lacks depth. It wasn't anything special. There is a bit of reminiscing about Shawn and The New Yorker and I found that interesting.

  • Alli
    2019-03-26 18:32

    A conversation with Pauline Kael. It's pretty straight forward. If you're a giant film nerd, then it's pretty relevant to you. If you're not, you probably don't even know who Pauline Kael is or why she's so important and influential. But basically it is just a conversation, so if you like reading other people's conversations about movies then it's awesome. If you love film as an artform, I would say it's worth reading, especially since it doesn't take that long to read.

  • Peter
    2019-04-05 22:31

    Afterglow is a book length interview between that great music critic Francis Davis and that great movie critic Pauline Kael. It is a little gem of a book, two friends sitting down in the later stages of Kael's life and discussing great and horrible films as well as books music and the relative strength of classical and pop culture. It's like overhearing a marvelous conversation in a coffee shop.

  • Tim
    2019-04-14 23:47

    I will read anything by or about PK.

  • Avi
    2019-04-01 15:48

    A not-very-good interview with a very interesting woman. I need to read more of her books and reviews.