Pauline Kael's "5,001 Nights at the Movies" -- 300 Greatest Nights

I obtained the encyclopedic tome of mini-reviews by Pauline Kael, "5,001 Nights at the Movies," some time ago and have consulted it regularly ever since. Unequivocal praise is relatively rare so I decided to try and keep track. Here's what I have found.

There are no ratings, so it's in approximate order of Kael's effusiveness and my interpretation. For instance, the "Earrings of Madame de..." review begins with "Perfection." [[EDIT: NO LONGER SORTED -- I misclicked while adding a film and it defaulted to A-Z. I moved the notable ones to the top (a top 50) but I'm not re-sorting the whole thing, sorry.]]

Read Notes to see choice snippets from the mini-reviews. [[EDIT 2: Someone on the site has really outdone me, and many of these are now on the site here: letterboxd.com/notpaulinekael/ ]]

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  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    1

  • Ménilmontant

    2

  • The Leopard

    3

  • Grand Illusion

    4

  • Eyes Without a Face

    5

  • Z

    6

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    7

  • Blow Out

    8

  • The Last Laugh

    9

  • The Godfather: Part II

    10

  • The Godfather

    11

  • Nashville

    12

  • Fires on the Plain

    13

  • All About Eve

    14

  • Orpheus

    15

  • Zero for Conduct

    16

  • Beauty and the Beast

    17

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    18

  • Forbidden Games

    19

  • Eraserhead

    20

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    21

  • Mean Streets

    22

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    23

  • The Last Waltz

    24

  • Stop Making Sense

    25

  • Pennies from Heaven

    26

  • Dangerous Liaisons

    27

  • Casualties of War

    28

  • The Maltese Falcon

    29

  • Citizen Kane

    30

  • Seven Samurai

    31

  • Last Tango in Paris

    32

  • L'Atalante

    33

  • Lolita

    34

  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    35

  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge

    36

  • La Jetée

    37

  • Trouble in Paradise

    38

  • Day of Wrath

    39

  • The Fury

    40

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    41

  • The Navigator

    42

  • Unfaithfully Yours

    43

  • L'Avventura

    44

  • Strangers on a Train

    45

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    46

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    47

  • Duck Soup

    48

  • The Seventh Seal

    49

  • Alice Adams

    50

  • Aparajito

    51

  • Babes in Arms

    52

  • Baby Doll

    53

  • Battleship Potemkin

    54

  • Blessed Event

    55

  • Blue Velvet

    56

  • Bringing Up Baby

    57

  • Le Million

    58

  • Broken Blossoms

    59

  • Bull Durham

    60

  • Burn!

    61

  • Calcutta

    62

  • Camille

    63

  • Carrie

    64

  • Charade

    65

  • Children of Paradise

    66

  • Atlantic City

    67

  • A Woman of Affairs

    68

  • Rashomon

    69

  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    70

  • Chimes at Midnight

    71

  • China Is Near

    72

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    73

  • Choose Me

    74

  • City of Gold

    75

  • Claire's Knee

    76

  • Cleopatra Jones

    77

  • Club Paradise

    78

  • Cluny Brown

    79

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    80

  • Cobra Woman

    81

  • College

    82

  • Comradeship

    83

  • Deception

    84

  • Band of Outsiders

    85

  • Murderers and Thieves

    86

  • Diner

    87

  • Diva

    88

  • A Day in the Country

    89

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    90

  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills

    91

  • Dressed to Kill

    92

  • Drôle de Drame

    93

  • Drugstore Cowboy

    94

  • Duel in the Sun

    95

  • Film Without Title

    96

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    97

  • Folies Bergère de Paris

    98

  • Forbidden Planet

    99

  • Four Bags Full

    100