Search Results: "Richard Schickel"


BOOK REVIEW

BRANDO by Richard Schickel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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ELIA KAZAN by Richard Schickel
NON-FICTION
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 >

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KEEPERS by Richard Schickel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 2015

"Schickel found writing this collection 'a rather playful business'; readers will find it infused with his joy."
A noted critic celebrates the pleasure of movies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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MATINEE IDYLLS by Richard Schickel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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CLINT EASTWOOD by Richard Schickel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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CONVERSATIONS WITH MARTIN SCORSESE by Richard Schickel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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BECAUSE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"But still, because or no because, it's a pleasure to see Jack learning to negotiate his way through the world, from longing questions to innocent answers that reveal far too much plain honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since Torrey's wobbly, irresistible artwork tells the whole story, there is no reason to ask any explicit questions—such as, "Why is half the cake eaten?" or, "Why are you covered in Band-Aids?"—but young Jack always has the answer. Read full book review >

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ALMOST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"This is a sweet, tongue-in-cheek look at growing up that will reassure the youngest sufferers of youth that they are not alone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For those children who just cannot wait to grow up comes a tale that emphasizes their growing pains and the importance of their families' support. Read full book review >

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AN ELEPHANT IN THE BACKYARD by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"He isn't the first to visit a village where people and elephants cohabit, but he offers a closer, more intimate portrait than readers will find in Jeremy C. Schmidt's In the Village of the Elephants (1994), or Roland Smith's In the Forest with Elephants (1998). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Young readers may never complain about feeding or cleaning up after the dog again once they've met Wan Pen, a four-year-old pet/sibling/working animal belonging to a family in a Thai village. Read full book review >