pkDespite its total lack of connection to Pauline Kael, tiny Hampshire College in Amherst, MA is the home of her 300 book "professional library" - that is, her books on film. The books are well-read, dog-eared and worn, and filled with underlinings and notations. Not one for extensive notes, Kael nevertheless read as passionately as she wrote, leaving explosive little signposts like "Huh?!," and "Yup," and "He's right" as she read. Every once in a while, though, there are longer notes, and one of the best lies in Francois Truffaut's The Films of My Life. When Truffaut wrote that John Ford could do anything but "bore the public," Kael responded "he managed with me."

The coolest thing about the collection is that Hampshire students can use the books just like they do the rest of the library's holdings. Man alive. When I was in college, it would have completely blown my mind to have Kael essentially reading film texts with me. Wait, what am I saying? It'd blow my mind today.

[via Movie City Indie]
categories Movies, Cinematical