Author of Bette Davis - Larger Than Life, Bogie - A Celebration of the Life and Films of Humphrey Bogart, Clint - A Retrospective, Steven Spielberg - A Retrospective, You Must Remember This - the Warner Bros. Story
Richard Schickel is the author, co-author or editor of 36 books and the writer-director-producer of a similar number of television documentaries. Most of his work concerns filmmakers and film history.
Among his best known books are Elia Kazan: A Biography, D.W. Griffith: An American Life, Clint Eastwood: A Biography, The Disney Version, Brando: A Life in Our Times, Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity, His Picture in the Papers, and his memoir, Good Morning Mr. Zip Zip Zip.
His films include the epic five-hour history of Warner Bros, You Must Remember This, Charlie, The Art and Life of Charles Chaplin and, m ost recently, The Eastwood Factor, a biography of Clint Eastwood. Central to his filmography are 20 other profiles of the major American directors, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Elia Kazan and including, more recently, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. Taken together, these films constitute an unduplicable history of film authorship in the United States. His reconstruction of Sam Fuller's The Big Red One, which restored 45 lost minutes to the film, won many awards when it was released in 2004.
A film critic for Life magazine and Time magazine for 43 years, Mr. Schickel has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and was awarded an honorary degree by the American Film Institute as well as the British Film Institute Book Prize, the Michael Bessy award in film criticism, the William K,Everson Award from National Board of Review and the Telluride Silver Medal, both for his contributions to film history.
1965-1972, Film Critic, Life Magazine 1972-2009, Film Critic, Time Magazine 1954-present, Essays, articles and reviews, most major publications
Selected Book Publications The World of Carnegie Hall, 1960 The Stars, 1962 The World of Goya, 1968 The Disney Version, 1968; revised editions, 1984, 1997 Second Sight: Notes on Some Movies, 1965-72, 1973 His Picture in the Papers, 1975 The Men Who Made the Movies, 1975 Another I, Another You, 1978 Cary Grant: A Celebration, 1983 D.W. Griffith: An American Life, 1984 Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity, 1985; revised edition, 2000 James Cagney: A Celebration, 1986 Striking Poses, 1987 (collaboration) Schickel on Film, 1989 Hollywood at Home, 1990 (collaboration) Brando: A Life in Our Times, 1991 "Double Indemnity," 1992 Clint Eastwood: A Biography, 1996 Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies, 1999 Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip, 2003 Woody Allen: A Life in Film, 2004 Elia Kazan: A Biography, 2005 Film On Paper, 2008 You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (co-author), 2008 Bette Davis: Larger than Life (co-author), 2009 Clint: A Retrospective, 2010
Selected Television & Film Productions
The Men Who Made the Movies (eight-part series), PBS, 1973, Emmy nominated Life Goes to the Movies, NBC, 1976, Emmy nominated Funny Business, CBS, 1977 The Horror Show, CBS, 1978 Into the Morning: Willa Cather's America, PBS, 1978 SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back, ABC, 1980 James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy, PBS, 1982 From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga, PBS, 1983 Minnelli on Minnelli, PBS, 1987, Emmy nominated Cary Grant: A Celebration, ABC, 1988 Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend, TNT, 1989 Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To, TNT, 1990 Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire, TNT, 1991 Eastwood & Co: Making Unforgiven, ABC, 1992 Hollywood on Hollywood, AMC, 1993 Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey, AMC, 1994, Emmy nominated The Moviemakers (four-part series), PBS, 1996 The Harryhausen Chronicles, AMC, 1997 Eastwood on Eastwood, TNT, 1997 AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies (ten-part series), TNT, 1998 Shooting War, ABC, 2000 Woody Allen: A Life in Film, TCM, 2002 The Men Who Made The Movies, TCM, 2002 Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, Warner Bros, 2003 The Big Red One: The Reconstruction, Warner Bros, 2004 Scorsese on Scorsese, TCM, 2004 Watch the Skies!, TCM, 2005 Spielberg on Spielberg, TCM, 2007 Bienvenue a Cannes, TCM, 2007 You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story, Warner Home Video/PBS/American Masters, 2008 Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film, TCM, 2008 The Eastwood Factor, Warner Home Video/TCM, 2010
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1964 British Film Institute Book Prize, 1985 (D.W. Griffith) Academy of Motion Pictures, 100 Best Books On Hollywood, 1993 Maurice Bessy Award for film criticism, 2001 Honorary Doctorate, American Film Institute, 2003 William K. Everson Award for Film History, National Board of Review, 2005 Telluride Film Festival, Silver Medal, 2008
Lecturer in the History of Art, Yale University, 1973, 1976 Adjunct Professor, USC, Dept. of Film & Television, 1989
Clint Eastwood and Richard Schickel