What She Said

What She Said

The Art of Pauline Kael

DVD - 2019
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Tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century, the film tells the story of Pauline’s turbulent life and work, through never-seen archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen. Pauline is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola, and daughter Gina James. Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was likely the most powerful, and personal, movie critic of the 20th century. Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, she ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor’s performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers and her subjects. Pauline’s own story is one of struggle and obsession: the fight to establish her voice and have it heard, and to raise a daughter on her own in a time when the obstacles were high. The latter golden age of movies of the 1960s and 1970s are the focus of this film that pursues the question of what made Pauline Kael’s work so individual, so controversial — and so damned good.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Juno Films, 2019.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (99 minutes)
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Oct 10, 2020

Interesting documentary of the film critics industry. Had never heard of Pauline till now.. Was great to see clips of the actors since long gone.

Jul 21, 2020

If you love films and/or film criticism, you will find this documentary interesting. Actually, you might find it interesting even if you don't because it reflects a time before the internet when published opinion was confined to magazines and newspapers and the public looked to critics for guidance on what to see or how to interpret what they saw. Pauline Kael was very famous and influential in her day and was both loved and loathed because of that. She personally took up the cause for films or filmmakers she felt were not sufficiently appreciated and helped Scorsese, Coppola, Woody Allen and many others in the '70s and '80s. She was brutally honest and sometimes just brutal and not very likable, but she was smart and had a huge impact on movies in her time.

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