Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Paperback)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Paperback)

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is virtually an informal history of the movies. This volume deals with over 300 of them, some essay length, some in short sharp paragraphs. From Bonnie and Clyde to Blow Up, Pauline Kael praises, damns and displays her extraordinary grasp of films, film-makers, techniques and film history.


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (1968) is Pauline Kael's second collection of reviews from 1965 through 1968, compiled from numerous magazines including The Atlantic, Holiday, The New Yorker, Life, Mademoiselle, The New Republic, McCall's, and Vogue. It features her review of The Sound of Music, which she notoriously dubbed "The Sound of Money," sparking outrage from loyal readers of McCall's. This is erroneously considered to be the reason why she was fired from her short-lived position as their film critic. The book also features a smaller collection of synopses (as opposed to full-length reviews) of little-known movies, some of which are also printed in Kael's 5001 Nights at the Movies.

In her note on the title which begins the book, Kael asserts that these words are "perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies. This appeal is what attracts us, and ultimately what makes us despair when we begin to understand how seldom movies are more than this."

  • Publisher : Marion Boyars; New Ed edition (October 30, 1973)
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.04 x 8 inches