Docaviv film club at the Museum
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
Thursday, September 5, 19:00
Director & Editor: Rob Garver
Pauline Kael was impossible to ignore. She had strong opinions, devoted fans and a column in the New Yorker that could spell success or failure for filmmakers.
Born to Jewish immigrants from Poland and raised on a chicken farm, Kael was an outsider, a college dropout, and a single mother—yet she became the strongest, wittiest, most influential film critic in the US, and retained her position for thirty years. Her words turned obscure flops into smash hits, whereas films she hated stood no chance (David Lean, the director of Ryan’s Daughter, retired from directing for 14 years after she reviewed his film). This film features wonderful scenes from films she reviewed, testimonies from directors (including Tarantino and Coppola), and footage of her bohemian life. Accompanying the visuals are passages from Kael’s diary, read by Sarah Jessica Parker.