“A pure, uncut hit of the tastiest cinephile candy imaginable.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“The most powerful, loved, and hated film critic of her time.”
– Roger Ebert
The now legendary New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael battled to make her mark — fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past, and a deep love of the arts. Kael undisputedly transformed film into an art form in the eyes of the public. As a result of her writing, the pleasant weekend pastime quality of movie-going suddenly became a must-see, do-or-die, high-stakes experience. Her turbo-charged prose famously championed the New Hollywood Cinema of the late 1960s and ‘70s (Bonnie and Clyde, Nashville, Carrie, Taxi Driver) and the work of major European directors (François Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci), while mercilessly panning some of the biggest studio hits (The Sound of Music, Midnight Cowboy, Dirty Harry). For Kael, watching films was a visceral adventure; her vital spirit, cocksure attitude, fevered instincts, and withering wisecracks leapt off the page with unmatched impact, humor, and insight. The story is told largely through Kael’s own words, which are collected from interviews, private letters, and published writing. With over 35 new interviews and never-before seen archival material, What She Said is an unvarnished portrait of a pioneer who was both admired and resented for what she said about art in an era of great moviemaking. Voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, featuring Alec Baldwin, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Schrader, David O. Russell, Camille Paglia, John Boorman, David Edelstein, Molly Haskell, Greil Marcus, and many more. Director Rob Garver (US 2019) 95 min.