Was it Really What She Said

Pauline Kael, the greatest movie critic of her generation, was lucky enough to come of age (in her late forties) exactly as “the new Hollywood” of the late sixties was being born. This era of gloriously free and experimental filmmaking is generally considered to have lasted a good 13 years, from the twin release of Arthur Penn’s “Bonnie and Clyde” and Mike Nichols “The Graduate” in 1967, to the twin catastrophes of Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “One from the Heart” in late1980 and early 1982, respectively.

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