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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)

A portrait of the work and life of controversial film critic Pauline Kael, and her battle to achieve success and influence in the 20th century movie business.

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Rob Garver

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Rob Garver
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Cast

Credited cast:
Woody Allen ... (archive footage)
Lili Anolik Lili Anolik ... Herself
Alec Baldwin ... Himself
Carol Baum Carol Baum ... Herself (voice)
Thomas Baum Thomas Baum ... Himself (voice)
William Peter Blatty ... (archive footage)
Peter Bogdanovich ... (archive footage)
John Boorman ... Himself
Johnny Carson ... (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Himself
David Edelstein David Edelstein ... Himself
Rob Garver Rob Garver ... Woody Allen (voice)
John Guare ... Himself
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Pauline Kael, the New Yorker film critic for 25 years until the early 1990s, was a lightning rod of American culture. She waged a battle to be recognized and her opinions made her readers hate or love her. Her distinctive voice pioneered the art form, and was largely a result of stubborn determination, huge confidence, and a deep love of the arts. The movie also shows 20th-century movies through Pauline's eye, and shows Pauline's own life through moments of other movies. The filmmakers had complete access to the subject -- through Gina James, Pauline's only child and the executor of her estate; friends and colleagues; and Pauline's personal archives. With over 30 new interviews, including David O. Russell, Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, Molly Haskell, Alec Baldwin Greil Marcus, Paul Schrader, John Guare and Joe Morgenstern. Sarah Jessica Parker voices Pauline through her writing and letters.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Paul Schrader: We're not talking about film criticism, we're talking about Pauline Kael, and - in the end of the game - what Kael promoted wasn't film. It was her.
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A highly compressed view of a life lived at pace
22 July 2019 | by conannzSee all my reviews

Saw this today at a film festival in Auckland. It felt rushed and over stuffed full of trivia. Almost like the makers wanted coverage and balance :) I would have preferred a little more focus on some of the pivotal moments and we did get some of that.

Clips of Kael being interviewed were some of the best parts and there were also some notable responses by film makers, critics and others.

I suspect the clips from movies that were used were all very short because of licensing constraints but it would have been better to label the less obvious ones.

I didn't know the story about Mankiewicz and Citizen Kane. That seemed like one of the great moments and could have been teased out a little more.

We heard from her daughter and possibly grand daughter? I think the story about the collaboration with Warren Beatty was worth a deeper look but perhaps there were some legal fish hooks there.

The David Lean clips where he mentions he was devastated by a particular event where she took hime to task was interesting. Again I wonder if there was more to add there.

On the whole though I came out of the theatre reminded of the many times Kael had made a call on a movie and had by doing so added a little edge to the movie going experience.

I have enjoyed her writing and will look up some of those essays and reviews now.


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