Jeff Smith 6:35 p.m., June 27
This week, David Elliott takes up The Debt, a movie that involves Nazis and gynecological exams while thankfully avoiding Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS. But more importantly, he pays tribute to his friend and fallen fellow film critic, Pauline Kael. My favorite line: "A Kael review X-rayed the film, the cultural moment, and herself." Just from reading the snippets he provides, it's clear that she really did throw herself into her work - to great effect. As the "x-ray" image indicates, her reviews were not detached, impersonal autopsies; they were engagements between two vital principles: film and audience.
I'll stop now. Go thou and read.