What would legendary film critic Pauline Kael
think about Rob Garver
’s documentary about her own life and career? She might have loved the fawning introductions by both filmmakers and fellow critics alike or they might have repulsed her, but she certainly would have enjoyed the inherent weirdness of making a movie about someone who spent so much of her life watching movies. “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
” looks at Kael’s career from its earliest stages, illuminating parts of her work that might be unfamiliar (from the free radio show to a gig working in advertising to a misbegotten attempt at playwriting), though it’s understandably more beefy when looking at the stuff people normally associate with her work.
There’s a look at her zeitgeist-shifting “Bonnie and Clyde
” review, the adoration for the work of then-rising auteurs like Martin Scorsese
and Brian DePalma, and Kael