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Pauline Kael

1919 - 2001

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Pauline Kael was born on June 19, 1919 in Pentaluma, Califronia. She is one of the most well-known prominent American film critics of the 20th century. She was witty and always considered the audience and contemporary culture. Pauline graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1940. She had been a fan of movies since she was a child and in 1953 she published her first piece of film criticism in City Lights magazine in San Francisco. Her work then began to appear in other articles such as the Moviegoer, Kulchur, and Partisan Review. In 1955 she started to broadcast her film reviews in the Pacifica network and she also managed two art film cinemas in Berkeley. Her reputation among film fans was so transcending that it led to her publication in 1905 of the book titled: I Lost It at the Movies. The book instantly became a best-seller and allowed her to work for major magazines like Life, McCall’s, and Holiday. From 1966 to 1968 she became the regular film reviewer for McCall and The New Republic. In 1968 she joined The New Yorker where she worked until her retirement in 1991.

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