Circles and Squares: Joys and Sarris  

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I Lost It at the Movies

"Circles and Squares: Joys and Sarris" is a film essay by Pauline Kael originally published in he the spring 1963 issue of Film Quarterly. The essay denounced Andrew Sarris's defense of the Auteur theory put forward in "Notes on the Auteur Theory" in 1962. Sarris's reaction was a negative review of I Lost It at the Movies and, in later years, occasional jabs at Kael's work. Examples of his critical observations are available in his books, e.g., The Primal Screen and Politics and Cinema. With the exception of "Circles and Squares", Kael has rarely responded. Notwithstanding Kael's unresponsive silence, this has gone down in film lore as the Sarris-Kael feud.



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