Richard Schickel is a film critic, documentary film maker and movie historian,
who has written over 30 books, among them The Disney Version; His Picture in
the Papers; D.W. Griffith: An American Life; Intimate Strangers: The Culture of
Celebrity; Brando: A Life in Our Times; Matinee Idylls; and Good Morning Mr.
Zip Zip Zip. His 30 documentaries include Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles
Chaplin; Woody Allen: A Life in Film; and Shooting War, which is about combat
cameramen in World War II. He has just completed a book about Elia Kazan and
a documentary about Martin Scorsese, which is the eighteenth in the series of
portraits of American film directors he has made over the course of his career.
He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was awarded the British Film
Institute Book Prize, the Maurice Bessy prize for film criticism, and the William K.
Everson Award for his work in film history. His recently completed reconstruction
of Samuel Fuller's classic war film, The Big One, was named one of the year's
Ten Best Films by the New York Times, and he has won special citations from
the National Society of Film Critics, The Los Angeles and Seattle Film Critics
Associations, and Anthology Film Archives. He has been reviewing movies for
Time since 1972 and writes a monthly column, Film on Paper, for the Los
Angeles Times Book Review.