For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies by Pauline KaelDuring her 25-year tenure as film critic for The New Yorker, Pauline Kael established herself as one of Americas most respected movie reviewers. This marvelous reprise of the most entertaining movie reviews ever written is a boon to serious moviegoers and the perfect companion in the age of the VCR. Today, the best place to find the movies is in books--and the best books to go to remain those of Pauline Kael (New York Magazine).
The Sound of Music, review
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The Sound of Music movie reviews & Metacritic score: A young woman (Julie Andrews) Generally favorable reviews based on 11 Critics . Pauline Kael.
you re your own worst critic
The 1965 musical was ‘a sugar-coated lie’ that had little in common with the real Van Trapps
From the day of its world premiere 50 years ago, on Mar. Audiences flocked to it like the ecstatic faithful at a Sunday service that rewarded their devotion with its high purpose, beautiful hymns and an angelic choir. They quickly made it the most popular attraction in the first half-century of the Hollywood feature film, not eclipsed until Star Wars a dozen years later. Indeed, in terms of tickets sold in its initial theatrical run, The Sound of Music trails only Gone With the Wind another movie about a strong woman in a prewar crisis as the biggest hit of all time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences loved the movie big time, festooning it with 10 nominations and five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, at the ceremony.
Kael tends to be a controversial figure—not because her critical judgments were unconventional though they frequently were but because the way she arrived at those judgments was, at times, mysterious. She almost never saw a picture more than once. And, although some filmmakers accused Kael of turning a wishful eye toward the screen, she was for many years the only critic whose insights and passions many readers trusted. She had previously written one piece for the magazine. Just before the movie appeared, Kael had been feeling gloomy about the sorts of movies Hollywood was turning out; she thought too few risks were being taken in the mainstream, and that over-burnished pictures were running tangent to American life. It may also have been the piece that got her hired.