American film critic Pauline Kael was a brash, exuberant female writer at a time when most of her colleagues were buttoned up -- and male. The Age of Movies, a new collection of selected essays and movie reviews from Kael, showcases the gutsy and passionate style that made her a household name.
Film critic Pauline Kael died yesterday at the age of 82. We will talk with her former editor William Whitworth. He was her editor at the New Yorker from 1975 to 1980. He also former editor of the Atlantic Monthly, and currently Editor Emeritus of the Atlantic.
We listen back to a 1985 interview with Pauline Kael. She reviewed movies for the New Yorker for 25 years, and wrote 13 books about the cinema, including a National Book Award winner. Her most recent book was a collection of more than 275 of her reviews, called For Keeps: Thirty Years at the Movies (1994, Dutton).