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Going Steady: Film Writings 1968-1969 is the third collection of movie reviews by the critic Pauline Kael, comprising the years 1968-1969, when she first began her film-reviewing duties at The New Yorker.

The collection for the most part consists of reviews of individual films, but includes one long essay entitled "Trash, Art, and the Movies", perhaps the closest Kael comes to a manifesto defining her personal aesthetics in regards to movies. In the essay, Kael dissects, compares, and contrasts the merits of "trash" films that are nevertheless entertaining, as well as "art" films that are uninteresting.

Other notable reviews include Kael's treatment of the Norman Mailer film Wild 90, its relation to cinéma vérité, and the implications of that particular film-making technique.

This book is out-of-print in the United States, but is still published by Marion Boyars Publishers of the United Kingdom.

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