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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 10 February 1933Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Birth NameRichard Warren Schickel

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Schickel was born on February 10, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Richard Warren Schickel. He is a writer and director, known for Eastwood on Eastwood (1997), The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) and Shooting War (2000). He was previously married to Carol Rubenstein and Julia Carroll Whedon.

Spouse (2)

Carol Rubenstein (27 December 1985 - 20 July 1991) (her death)
Julia Carroll Whedon (11 March 1961 - 1976) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (5)

Film historian and author.
Film Critic for Time Magazine since 1972. Before that, he was film critic for "Life" Magazine.
President of Lorac Productions, which produces documentaries on film history and personalities.
Release of the autobiography, "Lena" by Richard and Lena Horne. [1986]
In the first of his many film books, "Movies" (published in 1965), he referred to King Vidor dismissively as a hack director who had "ground out pot-boilers" until his death. In fact, the eminent director was still very much alive at the time (he did not die until 1982) and, some ten years later, Schickel interviewed him at length for a TV documentary. In his book "The Men Who Made The Movies", Schickel spoke of Vidor in the most laudatory terms and referred to him as "King", implying they were friends. He did not mention his 1965 dismissal, nor did he apologize for it. (It is possible he had confused King Vidor with Charles Vidor, a bad mistake for a critic to make in a history of the cinema).

Personal Quotes (10)

The best kind of heroism is to be found in the relentless practice of one's profession. (Of fellow critic Pauline Kael): An almost demonically possessed little woman.
[on Robert Redford] Redford is adorable, but when they enriched that handsome hunk of white bread they somehow left out the mythic minerals.
[on Clint Eastwood] As a director, Eastwood is not as good as he thinks he is. As an actor, he is probably better than he allows himself to be.
[on Cary Grant] The drama in a Cary Grant movie is always seeing whether the star can be made to lose his wry, elegant and habitual aplomb.
[on the Hollywood 'Walk of Fame' (2012)] It has nothing to do with who is an authentic, for-the-ages star. That has deteriorated. It's driven entirely by what is hot at this moment, publicity and money. It's nice, but it's not the ultimate accolade for a movie actor.
The law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective.
The common cold of the male psyche: fear of commitment.
A great novel is concerned primarily with the interior lives of its characters, as they respond to the inconvenient narratives that fate imposes on them. Movie adaptations of these monumental fictions often fail because they become mere exercises in interior decoration.
Memory is the personal journalism of the soul.
[on the films of Orson Welles] It is a measure of Hollywood's lack of imagination that his films still seem avant-garde when seen today.

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