What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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    What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

    Directed by

    USA

    2019

    95 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Pauline Kael (1919–2001) was undoubtedly one of the greatest names in film criticism. A Californian native, she wrote her first review in 1953 and joined ‘The New Yorker’ in 1968. Praised for her highly opinionated and feisty writing style and criticised for her subjective and sometimes ruthless reviews, Kael’s writing was refreshingly and intensely rooted in her experience of watching a film as a member of the audience. Loved and hated in equal measure – loved by other critics for whom she was immensely influential, and hated by filmmakers whose films she trashed - Kael destroyed films that have since become classics such as The Sound of Music and raved about others such as Bonnie and Clyde. She was also aware of the perennial difficulties for women working in the movies and in film criticism, and fiercely fought sexism, both in her reviews and in her media appearances.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Quentin Tarantino
    David O. Russell
    Camille Paglia
    Paul Schrader
    Screenplay
    Rob Garver
    Cinematography
    Vincent C. Ellis
    Editing
    Rob Garver
    Music
    Rick Baitz
    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES
    Production
    29PICTURES

    Press

    WHAT SHE SAID captures the unique intersection of a fearless critic, a movie renaissance, and a time when a mainstream writer could seduce and challenge her audience by operating with supreme freedom.

    Owen Gleiberman, Variety

    Garver’s film is above all a celebration of the pleasure of intellectual and emotional response to art.

    Screendaily

    Rob Garver

    Rob Garver

    USA

    Born in Boston, USA in 1959, he studied at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Currently based in New York, he writes and directs short films which he also produces and which are screened in local New York cinemas and on cable television. Alongside screenplays, he also develops concepts for television.