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Richard Schickel
Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel, whose celebrated and prolific career spans 50 years, has been the film critic for Time and Life magazines, has written more than 20...

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‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’

In his new film about the further commercialization of movies, Morgan Spurlock looks to grind his ax against the practice of product placement.

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‘Meek’s Cutoff’: 104 Minutes You Can’t Get Back

There are times in director Kelly Reichardt’s very bad movie—she’s something of a specialist in low-energy inconsequence—when we become, despite our better judgment, fascinated by its utter lack of spectacle, by the way it insists on testing our patience.

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‘In a Better World’: Oscar Bait Without Much Bite

Despite landing the Oscar for best foreign film, not to mention some good acting, “In a Better World” aims for the heart—and misses.

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Their ‘Perestroika’

Democracy is ever a fragile thing, especially in states that have no tradition of democratic rule and have, instead, a tradition of self-serving rule by self-appointed and often brutal elites.

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A Smooth Ride in This ‘Lincoln’

Fine work by the actors, the writer and the filmmakers makes a noirish spin in L.A. feel like a drive back to the day when audiences considered such good movies a birthright.

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Two Ways to Make a Bad Movie

“Jane Eyre” and “Battle: Los Angeles” travel different roads but both end up in the same dismal place.

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Schickel on Scorsese

In this excerpt from his new book, “Conversations With Scorsese,” veteran movie reviewer and documentary filmmaker Richard Schickel describes the character, formative struggles and career challenges of the celebrated director, with whom he shared a rich dialogue spanning several decades.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


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Richard Schickel
Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel, whose celebrated and prolific career spans 50 years, has been the film critic for Time and Life magazines, has written more than 20 books and has produced, written and directed numerous documentaries.

In addition to his new book, “Clint Eastwood, A Retrospective,” Richard Schickel is the author of definitive biographies of Elia Kazan, D.W. Griffith and Walt Disney. All told, he has written, co-written or edited 37 books. He has produced, written and directed an equal number of documentaries. His most recent film is “The Eastwood Factor,” premiering on Turner Classic Movies in May. His five hour history of Warner Bros, “You Must Remember This” premiered on “American Masters” in Sept, 2008, and his film about director Ron Howard ran on TCM later that year.

Among his other recent titles are “Spielberg on Spielberg,” “Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin,” “Scorsese on Scorsese,” “Woody Allen: A Life in Film” “Watch the Skies,” a history of 1950s Science Fiction. His reconstruction of Samuel Fuller’s “The Big Red One” won several awards in 2004. He reviewed movies for “Time” from 1972 through 2008.

He holds an honorary doctorate from the American Film Institute and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the British Film Insitute Book Prize, the Maurice Bessy prize for film criticism, thee National Board of Review’s William K. Everson award and the Telluride Film Festival’s Silver Medal for his contributions to film history.

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