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Q: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews ( No Answer,   7 Comments )
Subject: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: positive-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 06 Aug 2004 07:15 PDT
Expires: 16 Aug 2004 13:34 PDT
Question ID: 384327
I'm looking for a comprehensive database of movie reviews by Pauline
Kael. If unavailable, a link to her review of The Godfather Part II (the sequel,
not the original) will suffice.

Request for Question Clarification by markj-ga on 06 Aug 2004 08:30 PDT
positive --

Her review of Godfather. Part II, is contained in one of the many
collections of her reviews that have been published in book form. 
This collection is available from several online sellers of used books
for under $15. Would information on ordering the book would be a
sufficient answer to your question?


Clarification of Question by positive-ga on 06 Aug 2004 09:02 PDT

Since I live in the Middle East, I'd like to avoid ordering the book
(extremely long wait plus shipping charges). A simple link to her
reviews online (again particularly for GFII) would be much preferred.

Request for Question Clarification by omnivorous-ga on 06 Aug 2004 10:08 PDT
Positive --

You may be out of luck.  Kael, who died in 2001, wrote for The New
Yorker magazine, owned by Conde Nast.  Checking Infotrac, a fee-based
service available at many public libraries, The New Yorker archives
have index coverage back to Jan. 7, 1980 and full-text coverage after
Jan. 14, 2002.  I'm a subscriber and their website has only limited,
recent archives:

If Kael's full review from 1974 were online, it would have to be with
the permission of Conde Nast.

The book's a better bet.

Best regards,

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
From: markj-ga on 06 Aug 2004 11:17 PDT
positive --

Given that you live in the Middle East, I understand why an online
purchase might not suit your needs.  In case it turns out to be your
only alternative, the name of the Kael book that contains her review
of "Godfather, Part II" is "Reeling."  It is available from a number
of online booksellers.  For example, here is a link to a list of
available copies at the site:

I also checked shipping costs at Alibris, and shipping costs to the
Middle East from the U.S. are generally $9 for delivery in 36-90
business days and $17.50 for delivery in 5-8 business days.  These
time frames are not guaranteed, however, and when customs clearance is
required, some delay can be expected.

Subject: Re: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
From: positive-ga on 06 Aug 2004 11:35 PDT

Thanks for the leads.

Since I'm new to this site, I can't say how much of an "answer" your
comments constitute.

Please bill my account if that's the normal practice.
Subject: Re: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
From: omnivorous-ga on 06 Aug 2004 11:41 PDT
Positive --

It's up to the customer to determine what constitutes an acceptable
answer.  As you can see, information often gets put together in a
collaborative fashion.

Since I seem to be in the business of making markj-ga richer lately,
I'd recommend accepting information that he's posted as an answer and
that will make things happen.

Best regards,

Subject: Re: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
From: markj-ga on 06 Aug 2004 11:57 PDT
positive --

I do thank omnivorous-ga for "making me richer lately" (although i
don't recall our last collaboration).  However, in this instance I
don't feel comfortable posting an answer, since I have not researched
for myself the possible availability of an online posting of this
particular review.

Since this is what you really want (and for good reason), I suggest
leaving the question open to see if another researcher might be able
to get it for you.  In other words, just sit tight and hope for the
best.  You won't be charged (except for the .50 question posting fee)
if an answer isn't posted.

Subject: Re: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
From: positive-ga on 06 Aug 2004 13:00 PDT

"Just sit tight and hope for the best" sounds fair enough to me.

You can imagine that Google-mania has yet to strike the Middle East.
But personally, I'm starting to understand why you guys are making

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two of you alone account for over 2% of all answered questions.


P.S. Given the ravings of a guy with too much time on his hands,
please only respond to this comment if you REALLY, REALLY want to. The
other possibility is that I could post all this as a new question.
Subject: Re: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
From: pinkfreud-ga on 10 Aug 2004 13:18 PDT

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Subject: Re: Pauline Kael Movie Reviews
From: positive-ga on 11 Aug 2004 03:09 PDT

Interesting. Thank you for the explanations.

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