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Pauline Kael's favorite film: "Menilmontant"


Maggie: What was your favorite movie in your entire life?

Pauline: In my entire life? Well, there's a French movie that probably you've never heard of that I like best...

Maggie: And what was the French movie?

Pauline: "Menilmontant," a silent movie made in 1924 by Dmitri Kirsanov starring his beautiful Russian-born wife, Nadia Sibirskaya.

--From "Afterglow: A Last Conversation With Pauline Kael" by Francis Davis

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