Sidney Lumet and Pauline Kael

“The real rift between [Sidney] Lumet and [Pauline] Kael came on ‘a very difficult evening’ when the two of them got involved in one of those boring conversations about the function of a critic. ‘There were two other people present,’ Lumet recalls, ‘and she said to them, ‘My job is to show him’ — pointing to me — ‘which direction to go in.’ I looked at her and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ She said, ‘No, I’m not.’ I said, ‘In other words, you want the creative experience without the creative risk.’ And that was it. She’s never written a good word about me since.'”

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