It’s not easy to make a lively film about the written word, but first time director Rob Garver manages to do that with WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL. The subject of the documentary is also quite unlikely – and very unfashionably – a film critic. Who needs critics nowadays?
And who remembers them? Quite a few, it seems, when it comes to Pauline Kael (1919–2001), who wrote about film for The New Yorker. She may have been the greatest film critic ever, and she sure was the most famous and the most infamous one in the 70’s, the thrilling era of New Hollywood. She was a brilliant critic, but she was also a fearless brawler, legendary both in her ecstatic praise and her vicious attacks. This documentary charts her life, career, likes and dislikes, fans and victims, and, above all, her writing – what she said about films. It’s cultural history at its best: smart interviews with just about everybody from Quentin Tarantino to Camille Paglia, wonderful film clips, rare and rich archive material, and a controversial main character.
So, who needs critics? What she said: “Without critics, all you have is just a bunch of advertisers.”
This film was selected by Kati Sinisalo, film critic for Finnish Public TV network YLE. She wil hold an introduction before the screening at Verdensteatret, Wednesday January 15th at 16:15.
Rob Garver (b. 1959) is a New York-based filmmaker who has written, produced and directed several short films. WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL is his first feature-length documentary.
2018 WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL (DOC)
|Run time:||1h 35m|
|Producer:||Rob Garver, Glen Zipper|