• splendiferous2

    Pauline Kael hated Cries and Whispers. The finer critic at the New Yorker, Penelope Gilliatt called it a masterpiece and detailed every reason for believing so. Kael was lousy at foreign language films,, overall, especially east european films. It took Gilliatt to understand and review those films that were out of Kael’s cultural league. Compared with Gilliatt, Kael was virtually unread. Besides, the technique you are describing in praise of the director seems utterly cliched.