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    What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

    Directed by Rob Garver
    USA | 95 minutes | True Stories

A rich and punchy look at the life and career of Pauline Kael, whose passionate movie reviews inspired passionate loyalty in her fans and passionate objections from her foes. Smart and dishy, it’s a documentary no movie lover will want to miss.

film synopsis

No movie critic has ever inspired such passionate loyalty, nor ruffled so many feathers, as the late Pauline Kael, whose 24-year reign at The New Yorker changed the way we talk about movies. This rich and punchy look at her life and career covers all the controversies and quarrels: The Sound of Music review that got her fired from McCall’s; The Bonnie and Clyde essay that changed both the movie’s fortunes and her own; her feuds with writers Andrew Sarris and Norman Mailer; her over-the-moon rave about Last Tango in Paris;and the Shoah pan that drove her editor William Shawn nuts. It’s all here and much more, including juicy interviews with both fans (David O. Russell) and foes (David Lean, who stopped making movies for a decade after she attacked him in person), and a large and witty selection of clips from the movies she loved and hated.

film details

Director: Rob Garver
Producers: Rob Garver, Glen Zipper
Screenwriter: Rob Garver
Cinematographers: Vincent C. Ellis
Editor: Rob Garver
Music: Rick Baitz
Country: USA
Language: In English and Italian with English subtitles.
Year: 2018
Running Time: 95 minutes
Primary Company: 29Pictures LLC
Website: www.whatshesaidmovie.com

guests in attendance

Director Rob Garver will be in attendance January 10 and 13.

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