What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

(USA/2019--directed by Rob Garver) 

In a field that historically embraced few women film critics, Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was not only controversial, witty and fiercely discerning, but she was also, as Roger Ebert wrote, “The most powerful, loved, and hated film critic of her time.”

Her decades of reviews at The New Yorker energized fans and infuriated detractors on a weekly basis – while inspiring a generation of young filmmakers. Her turbo-charged prose championed the New Hollywood directors of the 1960s and ’70s (Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Brian de Palma) and her insightful analyses brought a transcendent new passion to film criticism; a fearless voice at a revolutionary moment in movie history.

Sarah Jessica Parker voices Kael’s reviews; Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader, Francis Ford Coppola, and critics Camille Paglia, Molly Haskell and David Edelstein speak to her enormous gifts and influence. (98 min.) 

“Arguably the greatest film critic who ever lived. You got addicted to her freedom of thought, and the film does a fantastic job of channeling it.” -Owen Gleiberman, Variety 




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