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Kael's Causes Célèbres

January 10 - 22

Pauline Kael's eloquent and impassioned (but rarely undiscriminating) embrace of certain films and filmmakers could have a profound effect on their receptions and reputations, sometimes resuscitating films whose initial receptions had been chilly (BONNIE AND CLYDE, McCABE & MRS. MILLER), sometimes creating an advance buzz that paved the way for challenging films that might have otherwise met more resistance (LAST TANGO IN PARIS, NASHVILLE). From January 10 to 22, we present seven films that are especially important in defining Kael's taste and influence.

—Martin Rubin

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL, and get a ticket for any one film in the Kael's Causes Célèbres series at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)


The River

1951, Jean Renoir, USA/India, 99 min.
With Patricia Walters, Thomas E. Breen


  • Fri, Jan 10th 4:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 13th 6:00pm

McCabe and Mrs. Miller

1971, Robert Altman, USA, 121 min.
With Warren Beatty, Julie Christie


  • Fri, Jan 10th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 15th 6:00pm

Bonnie and Clyde

1967, Arthur Penn, USA, 111 min.
With Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway


  • Sat, Jan 11th 2:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 14th 8:00pm

Last Tango in Paris

1972, Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 126 min.
With Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider


  • Sun, Jan 12th 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 16th 8:00pm

Mean Streets

1973, Martin Scorsese, USA, 112 min.
With Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro


  • Fri, Jan 17th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 22nd 8:00pm

Casualties of War

1989, Brian De Palma, USA, 112 min.
With Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox


  • Sat, Jan 18th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 21st 6:00pm

Band of Outsiders

Bande à part

1964, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 97 min.
With Anna Karina, Sami Frey


  • Sun, Jan 19th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 22nd 6:00pm