Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 - Sat, Jun 15, 2019
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THE PEARLS OF PAULINE: KAEL AT 100

At a time when discussions about the movies are often reduced to weekend box office numbers or social media posts, voices that can persuade viewers to connect more deeply with what they see onscreen are more valuable than ever. As movie evangelists go, few could compare to Pauline Kael.

Born 100 years ago this month, Kael attended UC Berkeley and fell in with the Bay Area’s bohemian arts scene; when the editor of City Lights overheard her arguing about film with a friend, he asked her to write for the magazine. Her reviews would eventually appear in a succession of high-profile national publications including McCall's and The New Republic until an epic defense of the then-controversial BONNIE AND CLYDE brought her to The New Yorker, where she would remain for more than 20 years.

Kael’s reviews were often contrary to prevailing critical opinion, but were always entertaining and thought-provoking. If she panned a hit or praised an obscurity, you didn’t have to agree with her opinion to be warmed by its fire. Her advocacy provided early career boosts to such favorites as Brian De Palma and Robert Altman and even saved a few movies – such as 1950s-set dramedy DINER – from distribution oblivion.

The magazine reviews and best-selling books may have stopped soon after her retirement in 1991, but in her wake Kael left behind a new generation of film critics – and even such filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson – who were inspired by her passionate, witty and well-informed style. As fellow scribe Roger Ebert wrote after her death in 2001, Pauline Kael "had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades."

Series compiled by John Hagelston and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreThu, Jun 13, 2019 - Sat, Jun 15, 2019
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
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