This Day in Jewish History A Legendary American Film Critic Is Born

Pauline Kael, who inspired a generation of young critics, often threw her support behind films that were heavy with grit, sex and violence.

June 19, 1919, is the birthdate of the renowned American film critic Pauline Kael, the power and passion of whose writing was matched by the strength of people’s reactions to it. Kael’s influence extended beyond her ability to help make or break a movie; she also served to inspire and mold an entire generation of younger critics, informing their sensibility...