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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Image

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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Whether you love her or hate her, there is no denying that film critic Pauline Kael, born 100 years ago, had a profound influence on cinema history, especially in the USA. Her energetic prose, emotional shoot-from-the-hip style, and quirky opinions (Brian De Palma over Michelangelo Antonioni?) were required reading in the 70s and 80s if you presumed to be a cinephile. She inspired acolytes - dubbed the "Paulettes" - and was even considered by some to be the greatest film critic ever (certainly not by Renata Adler, however, who famously authored one of the greatest takedowns in the English language with her NYRB’s demolishing of Kael’s writing).

Rob Garver’s marvellously put together, entertaining, and insightful look at Kael’s life features wonderful archival clips (some from Kael’s own home movies) and trenchant interviews with dozens of those affected by her work, including Paul Schrader, Camille Paglia, Quentin Tarantino, Greil Marcus, Gina James (Kael’s daughter), and Alec Baldwin. Wherever you fall on the spectrum - from Adlerian disgust to Paulette-like worship - Garver’s film is required viewing.


Canadian premiere
Director Rob Garver
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English
Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Review
Featuring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Quentin Tarantino, Alec Baldwin, Paul Schrader, Camille Paglia, Greil Marcus, Gina James
Executive Producer: Bobby Campbell
Producer: Rob Garver, Glen Zipper
Screenwriter: Rob Garver
Cinematographer: Vincent C. Ellis
Editor: Rob Garver
Music: Rick Baitz
Production Company: 29Pictures LLC
Distributor: Films We Like

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