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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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Credited cast:
Woody Allen ... (archive footage)
Lili Anolik Lili Anolik ... Self
Alec Baldwin ... Self
Carol Baum Carol Baum ... Self (voice)
Thomas Baum Thomas Baum ... Self (voice)
William Peter Blatty ... (archive footage)
Peter Bogdanovich ... (archive footage)
John Boorman ... Self
Johnny Carson ... (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Self (archive footage)
Francis Ford Coppola ... Self
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Self
David Edelstein David Edelstein ... Self
Rob Garver ... Woody Allen (voice)
John Guare ... Self
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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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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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Makes her even more human. But also makes her even more of an enigma
22 October 2019 | by adityakripalaniSee all my reviews

Sometimes a good biopic attempts to hand you the human being behind the persona. In a really good biopic however, a filmmaker can take take you behind the persona, beyond the human being, deeper, into the enigma. Leaving you feeling that you know Pauline Kael but you now know her even less. Which is like someone feels about a loved one who's now dead. And gone. Lovely film.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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