From the back cover:
"There is nothing quite like that moment when the lights go down and all our hopes are concentrated on the screen."—Pauline Kael
From the author of I Lost it at the Movies, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Going Steady, The Citizen Kane Book, Deeper Into Movies, and Reeling comes her newest and richest collection. In its scintillating pages we see Pauline Kael at the top of her powers—in the words of The Times Literary Supplement (London), "...a great critic...with a body of criticism which can be compared with Shaw's criticism of music and theatre." When the Lights Go Down brings together all of her writings for The New Yorker for the past five years. She begins with her famous profile of Cary Grant, a searching examination of a star's career during four decades of moviemaking. Then she turns to the movies of the second half of the 1970s—more than two hundred and fifty of them—and writes of each with a mastery, wit, erudition, and style that are truly incomparable.