Thursday audio: Pauline Kael on the Auteur Theory



to this

55-minute radio broadcast of Pauline Kael

attacking the auteur theory in 1963, speaking at San Fernando Valley State College, and unearthed by

(thanks to


, via


, which also links

Kael talking to Jean-Luc Godard

). I've read Kael since the early '80s, and this is the first time I've ever heard her voice. Am I surprised it sounds nothing like I imagined? For more Kael audio, slightly closer to how I'd imagine her, here's NPR's

2001 special

after her death, with links to various radio appearances over the years. She's the reason I do this, so I'll always go back to her. Here's the entire

Pauline Kael Archives


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