Books by Richard Schickel

Released: March 10, 2011

"A feast for cineastes."
In the manner of Hitchcock/Truffaut (1967) and Cameron Crowe's Conversations with Wilder (1999), movie critic and documentarian Schickel (Clint: A Retrospective, 2010, etc.) gabs collegially with Martin Scorsese. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 2008

"An enjoyable bedside companion for cinephiles of a classic bent, as well as amateurs who want to learn a bit more about the history of film without lugging home a library."
Seasoned Time film critic Schickel (Elia Kazan: A Biography, 2005, etc.) devastates a few dozen books about the movie industry, offering his own wittily informative insights in their stead. Read full book review >
ELIA KAZAN by Richard Schickel
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"These appraisals, notable for their broad critical vision, may persuade some to reconsider Kazan's work, if not his political behavior."
Time magazine film critic Schickel seeks to bolster Kazan's reputation as a major American film and theater talent. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 2003

"Warm but wooden."
In his memoir-cum-career-retrospective, Time film critic Schickel (Matinee Idylls, 1999, etc.) compares his feelings about war movies he saw as a boy with his take on those flicks today. Read full book review >
MATINEE IDYLLS by Richard Schickel
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Though some arguments reveal their armature and a few essays read long, Schickel lays his words out cleanly and is ready for the parry. Read it when you want a conversation with an ideal common viewer."
Garbo to Fargo spans the range of this prickly grab bag by the Time reviewer. Read full book review >
CLINT EASTWOOD by Richard Schickel
Released: Nov. 29, 1996

"While Schickel's not on Clint's payroll, his book reads like the longest publicity release in history. (24 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 100,000)"
A veritable hagiography of actor, auteur, and man's man Eastwood. Read full book review >
BRANDO by Richard Schickel
Released: July 1, 1991

"Loving, worthy, absorbing, at times wonderfully revisionist about acting, the Brando book we've waited for. Now let Brando bring coherence to his life in his forthcoming autobiography."
The best Brando biography ever, focusing on his films and acting, by Time film critic Schickel (Intimate Strangers, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >