Richard Schickel

Richard Warren Schickel (February 10, 1933 – February 18, 2017) was an American film historian, journalist, author, documentarian, and film and literary critic. He was a film critic for Time magazine from 1965–2010, and also wrote for Life magazine and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. His last writings about film were for Truthdig.

He was interviewed in For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009). In this documentary film he discusses early film critics Frank E. Woods, Robert E. Sherwood, and Otis Ferguson, and tells of how, in the 1960s, he, Pauline Kael, and Andrew Sarris, rejected the moralizing opposition of the older Bosley Crowther of The New York Times who had railed against violent movies such as Bonnie and Clyde (1967). In addition to film, Schickel also critiqued and documented cartoons, particularly Peanuts.[1]

Richard Schickel
Born Richard Warren Schickel
February 10, 1933
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died February 18, 2017 (aged 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film historian, journalist, author, film critic, filmmaker, writer, documentarian
Nationality American
Subject Film
Years active 1960–2017

Personal life

Schickel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Helen (née Hendricks) and Edward John Schickel.[2][3]

Schickel died on February 18, 2017 in Los Angeles after suffering multiple strokes eight days after his 84th birthday.[4]


Schickel received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964. He has also lectured at Yale University and University of Southern California's School of Film and Television.


  • The World of Carnegie Hall (1960)
  • The Stars (1962)
  • The Gentle Knight (1964)
  • Movies: The history of an art and an institution (1964)
  • The World of Goya, 1746–1828 (1968)
  • The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney (1968); revised editions: 1984, 1997
  • The Museum (1970)
  • Second Sight: Notes on Some Movies 1965–1970 (1972)
  • His Picture In The Papers: A Speculation on Celebrity in America Based on the Life of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (1974)
  • Harold Lloyd: The Shape of Laughter (1974)
  • The World of Tennis (1975)
  • Douglas Fairbanks: The First Celebrity (1976)
  • Another I, Another You: A Novel (1978)
  • Singled Out: A civilized guide to sex and sensibility for the suddenly single man—or woman (1981)
  • Cary Grant: A Celebration (1983)
  • D.W. Griffith: An American Life (1984); British Film Institute Book Prize, 1985
  • Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity (1985) (aka Common Fame: The Culture of Celebrity); revised 2000
  • Lena by Lena Horne and Richard Schickel
  • James Cagney: A Celebration (1986)
  • Gary Cooper (1986) ISBN 0-316-77307-7
  • Striking Poses: Photographs from the Kobal Collection (1987)
  • Carnegie Hall: The First One Hundred Years by Richard Schickel and Michael Walsh (1987)
  • Schickel on Film: Encounters—Critical and Personal—With Movie Immortals (1989)
  • Brando: A Life in Our Times (1991)
  • Double Indemnity (BFI Film Classics) (1992)
  • Clint Eastwood: A Biography (1996)
  • Hollywood at Home: A Family Album 1950–1965 (1998)
  • Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies (1999)
  • Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip: Movies, Memory and World War II (2003)
  • Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2004)
  • Elia Kazan: A Biography (2005)
  • Bogie: A Celebration of the Life and Films of Humphrey Bogart (2006) ISBN 0-312-36629-9
  • The Essential Chaplin: Perspectives on the Life and Art of the Great Comedian (2006) (editor)
  • Conversations with Scorsese (2011)
  • Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective (2012)
  • Keepers: The Greatest Films - and Personal Favorites - of a Moviegoing Lifetime (2015)


  • The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998, writer and director), PBS [5]
  • The Men Who Made the Movies (1973), eight-part series, PBS, Emmy nominated
  • Life Goes to the Movies (1976), NBC, Emmy nominated
  • Funny Business (1977), CBS
  • The Making of Star Wars (1977, writer)[6]
  • The Horror Show (1978), CBS
  • Into the Morning: Willa Cather's America (1978), PBS
  • SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980, writer),[7] PBS
  • James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy (1982), PBS
  • From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (1983, writer),[8] PBS
  • Minnelli on Minnelli (1987), PBS, Emmy nominated
  • Cary Grant: A Celebration (1988), ABC
  • Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1989), TNT
  • Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (1990), TNT
  • Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991), TNT
  • Eastwood & Co: Making Unforgiven (1992), ABC
  • Hollywood on Hollywood (1993), AMC
  • Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey (1994), AMC, Emmy nominated
  • Shooting War: World War II Combat Cameramen (2000), ABC, Emmy nominated
  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008), three-part series, PBS
  • Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)

DVD commentaries

See also


  1. ^ Michaelis, David (2007). Schulz and Peanuts: a Biography. Harper. p. 343.
  2. ^ Schickel, Richard (April–May 2006). "My Milwaukee". American Heritage. Vol. 57 no. 2.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Carmel Dagan, "Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84,"
  5. ^
  6. ^ The Making of Star Wars on IMDB
  7. ^ SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back on IMDB
  8. ^ From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga on IMDB

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