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Pauline Kael (1919–2001) was undoubtedly one of the greatest names in film criticism. A Californian native, she wrote her first review in 1953 and joined ‘The New Yorker’ in 1968. Praised for her highly opinionated and feisty writing style and criticised for her subjective and sometimes ruthless reviews, Kael’s writing was refreshingly and intensely rooted in her experience of watching a film as a member of the audience. Loved and hated in equal measure – loved by other critics for whom she was immensely influential, and hated by filmmakers whose films she trashed - Kael destroyed films that have since become classics such as The Sound of Music and raved about others such as Bonnie and Clyde. She was also aware of the perennial difficulties for women working in the movies and in film criticism, and fiercely fought sexism, both in her reviews and in her media appearances.

  1. Rob Garver

    Director, Writer

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  1. Pauline Kael

    Herself (archive footage)

  2. Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Pauline's Voice Over

  3. Quentin Tarantino

    Quentin Tarantino

    Himself

  4. David O. Russell

    David O. Russell

    Himself

  5. Alec Baldwin

    Alec Baldwin

    Himself

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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Status Released

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  • August 31, 2018
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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

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