February 25, 2020
The documentary What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael will come out on DVD and digital June 16 from Juno Films and MVD Entertainment Group.
The film had its world premiere at Telluride and premiered theatrically at Film Forum in January 2020.
The documentary tells the story of Pauline Kael, tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century, chronicling her turbulent life and work through archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen.
Kael is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola and daughter Gina James.
Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, Kael ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor’s performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers and her subjects. Kael’s own story is one of struggle and obsession: the fight to establish her voice and have it heard and to raise a daughter on her own in a time when the obstacles were high. The latter golden age of movies of the 1960s and 1970s are the focus of the film that pursues the question of what made Kael’s work so individual, controversial and good.
Director and editor Rob Garver also produced for 29Pictures LLC, alongside Glen Zipper, producer of the Academy-Award winning documentary Undefeated, and co-producer Doug Blush (20 Feet From Stardom). Composer Rick Baitz (The Vagina Monologues) wrote original music for the film, and visual effects were created by Minbomb/LA.
“I think Pauline would be amused (and maybe worried) that a movie had been made about her,” said Garver in a statement.
DVD bonus features include a never-before-released interview of Kael with Alfred Hitchcock, Tarantino interview excerpts, Paul Schrader interview excerpts and deleted scenes.