Pauline Kael wrote film criticism for The New Yorker from 1968 to 1991. During that time, she became the most widely read, intensely debated, provocative and powerful movie critic in America. In this richly detailed book, Brian Kellow examines her hardscrabble early years living in the Bay Area, her first taste of success managing the Berkeley Cinema Guild, the nation's first twin art house, and her emergence as a critic to be reckoned with. Kellow also examines the great period of filmmaking that paralleled Kael's years at The New Yorker. The book features a large supporting cast of flimmakers with whom Kael interacted--including Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, Paul Schrader, Paul Mazursky and James Toback.