Media in the Movies: ‘What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael’

The Chicago Headline Club is proud to partner with the Gene Siskel Film Center for our Media in the Movies series.

The documentary this month is: “What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael,” about the famed New Yorker film critic.

For Jan. 10-16, Headline Club members using the code GSFCPARTNER (note: all caps, no spaces) will pay $7 instead of $12 per ticket, available for purchase either online or in-person at the Gene Siskel Film Center box office.

Pauline Kael may or may not have been the greatest film critic of all time, but she was certainly the most memorably opinionated, and her celebrated opinions impacted the course of film history to an extent perhaps unmatched by any other critic. An outsider to the Manhattan-centered “boys club” of the critical establishment, the Bay Area-based Kael came to prominence with her surprise best-seller I Lost It at the Movies in 1965 and, after securing a weekly platform at The New Yorker, became the most attention-getting critical voice of her time. Through copious film clips, archival TV interviews, talking heads fervently pro and con, and readings of Kael’s famously feisty prose by Sarah Jessica Parker, this lively documentary portrait captures both the charisma of Kael and the heady ferment of an era when films—and film criticism—mattered more than ever before and, perhaps, since. DCP digital.

Showtimes vary through the run

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 846-2800

Get your tickets online here.


Pauline Kael an episode of the Writer’s Workshop, filmed at the University of South Carolina on Feb. 11, 1982, and broadcast on PBS.