He remembers hanging out with her, says she is still worth reading, and offers up his favorite Kael zingers.
The truth is that if Kael had felt Simon was important, she would have sparred with him.
Was there ever a critic who could conjure up a great performance like Kael?
Once again, Kael refutes her by continually coming back into print.
Kellow gives voice to dozens of people who had scores to settle with Kael.
For years, much of the excitement following the release of an anticipated film was waiting to hear what Kael had to say about it.
In the interest of full disclosure, Kael was a friend of mine.
Never mind, too, that Toback owes a large chunk of the good press he ever got to Kael.
It is republished here with permission from Kael's daughter; please enjoy the review, originally titled, “Three Cheers.”
For the simple reason that Kael did not regard Hitchcock as “the master.”