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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD3012D
  • UPC: 760137301295
  • Street Date: 06/16/20
  • PreBook Date: 05/12/20
  • Label: Juno Films »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 98 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 2018
  • Region Code: 1
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Sarah Jessica Parker as Herself
  •       Alec Baldwin as Himself
  •       Francis Ford Coppola as Himself
  •       Quentin Tarantino as Himself
  • Director: Rob Garver
  • Producer: Glen Zipper
  • Director: Rob Garver
  • Producers: Glen Zipper


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What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael

What She Said tells the story of New Yorker film critic and best-selling author Pauline Kael. Narrated by Sarah J Parker

What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael
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Director Rob Garver first read Pauline Kael's work as a young person in the 1980s, and he says that the fiery passion with which she wrote about film made a deep impression on him.

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.

For Kael, watching films was a visceral adventure; she responded to them as if they were real events. Her vital spirit, cocksure attitude, fevered instincts, and withering wisecracks leapt off the page and made you laugh. And as Quentin Tarantino once observed, Kael was so on the nose at times that she could sometimes change your mind about a film you may have thought was pretty good.

With this film, Rob wanted to take the excitement that he felt while reading Kael's work and translate it to the screen. The story is told largely through Kael's own words, which are collected from interviews, private letters, and published writing. Sarah Jessica Parker voices Pauline.


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Bonus Materials

  • Quentin Tarantino Interview Excerpts
  • Paul Schrader Interview Excerpts
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Never before released interview of Pauline Kael with Alfred Hitchcock

Sales Points

  • From the Producer of the 2011 Academy Award Winning documentary 'Undefeated'
  • US PREMIERE - 2018 Telluride Film Festival
  • 2019 - Berlin International Film Festival Nominee: C.I.C.A.E. Award
  • 2019 - Cleveland International Film Festival Nominee: Nesnady & Schwartz Documentary Competition: Best Documentary
  • 2019 - Edinburgh International Film Festival Nominee: Best Documentary Feature Film
  • 2019 - Tallgrass International Film Festival WINNER: Golden Strands Outstanding Documentary Feature
  • 2020 Limited Theatrical Release in 2019-2020 in over 40 North American cities!
  • World Premieres at Telluride FiIm Festival and the Berlinale
  • 87% Rotten Tomatoes Rating
  • Featuring interviews with Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Alec Baldwin (The Departed), Ridley Scott (Alien), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) & Robert Towne (Chinatown)
  • Features Emmy-winning actress Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) as the voice of 'Pauline'.

Press Quotes

To see Rob Garver's affectionate documentary about Kael's career is to be once again swept away by the excitement of cinema as she experienced it.

     —James Greenberg, The Wrap

The documentary is most insightful when it identifies Kael's influences, strengths and weaknesses.

     —Nell Minow, Roger Ebert.com

Not only explores the special talent of Kael and what made her famous, but is also a snapshot of a volatile and exciting era of film history...

     —G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

If Kael were still alive, she might well have wanted 'What She Said' to cock a more critical eye toward her. She says right in the doc that it's dangerous for a critic to be too popular.

     —Peter Howell, Toronto Star


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