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Pauline Kael's favorite films at Quad

Image: "Weekend" directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Quad Cinema celebrates Pauline Kael’s centennial with a special series of 25 movies she championed as well as a few she dismissed, as a film critic.

In the golden age of film criticism, no reviewer was more fierce and more opinionated than Pauline Kael. Kael began writing about film in the early 1950s. Happy to buck popular wisdom and go her own intensely personal way, by the mid-1960s, she was writing for top magazines and her reviews were collected in suggestively-titled books (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Taking It All In).

When Kael joined The New Yorker in 1968, she soon became the most influential voice on an exploding art form. Feuds and rivalries with fellow critics followed over the next 23 years, but through it all, Kael boosted filmmakers’ reputations, questioned classics, poured scornful cold water on overheated or self-serious movies, mentored and inspired screenwriters and younger critics, and stirred passionate discussion among legions of readers who, like her, lived for and through the movies.

Losing It At the Movies: Pauline Kael at 100” features 4 French productions and coproductions that marked Pauline Kael’s career.


Last Tango in Paris
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Year: 1972
Runtime: 129 mins
> Thursday, June 20 – 9:10pm

Love in the Afternoon
Directed by Eric Rohmer
Year: 1972
Runtime: 97 mins
> Friday, June 7 – 4:30pm; Saturday, June 8 – 5:05pm

The Story of Adèle H.
Directed by François Truffaut  
Year: 1975
Runtime: 96 mins
> Tuesday, June 11 – 6:40pm

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Year: 1967
Runtime: 104 mins
> Friday, June 14 – 4:30pm; Saturday, June 15 – 1:00pm