New PDF release: 5001 Nights at the Movies

By Pauline Kael

Shrewdpermanent, humorous, and unforgettable, Pauline Kael is the main attention-grabbing and influential movie critic in the US. Her skill to skewer an actor or director and her wit, perception, and thorough wisdom of the movie company make her by way of a long way the main profitable ordinary observer of the motion picture scene. This new assortment covers motion pictures that experience pop out because the earlier 1985 version.

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Naturally, he turns up at her London home. This is one of Dietrich's stiffest, most impassive performances; the role doesn't give her anything to do but look blankly frightened that her husband will discover her guilty secret. Boredom must have set in for her, because when she has to express emotional turmoil she rattles off her lines without conviction. For want of action, the movie keeps cutting to what's going on among the fleet of servants, which includes Ernest Cossart and also Edward Everett Horton, who playacts as if to an audience of fey 3-year-olds.

Surprisingly, it does work up some energy, but by then you have to be a little saintly to care. With Howard Duff and Frank Conroy. Adapted by Chester Erskine. Universal. All Night Long US (1981): Comedy 88 min, Rated R, Color This sophisticated slapstick romance starring Gene Hackman and Barbra Streisand is a happy surprise. Hackman, doing the kind of comic acting that rings true on every note, plays a Los Angeles business executive who gives up the phony obligations he has accumulated, drops out, and tries to find a way to do what he enjoys.

Wallis and Jerry Wald, for Warners. The All-American Boy US (1973): Sports 118 min, Rated R, Color Jon Voight is a prizefighter suffering from a type of working-class alienation that is indistinguishable from bellyache. He mopes through the picture looking puffy, like a rain cloud about to spritz. Charles Eastman wrote and directed this disgracefully condescending view of America as a wasteland populated by grotesques, stupes, and sons of bitches; they are incapable of love and have false values-and to prove it Eastman sets Voight to walking the Antonioni walk.

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