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Film critic Richard Schickel: Tough, honest and ever ... Appreciation Film critic Richard Schickel: Tough, honest and ever hopeful for the next great movie

Film critic Richard Schickel: Tough, honest and ever hopeful for the next great movie Garry Shandling can be seen in Dying Laughing a new documentary on comedians talking with exasperation about a young person who insisted that there must be a secret to success in standup The Hopeful No secret Shandling had tried to tell him just sustained hard work      So it was with the prolific Richard Schickel for decades one of the giants of American film criticism who died Saturday at age 84 How did he manage to have not one but three extensive filmrelated careers any one of which would have exhausted anyone else There was no secret Schickel simply worked harder and was smarter than most A lot smarter Witty analytical toughminded but always fair a gifted stylist who believed in honesty but steered clear of cheap shots Schickel was a model critic for half a century most of it as Time magazines regular reviewer His career as a weekly critic began in the longgone days of Life magazine and extended into the Internet Age with a stint at the popular website Truthdig Schickel was a  lifelong smoker who took pleasure in frustrating muchyounger doctors who demanded he stop and his stamina was legendary As a high school football player in his native Wisconsin he once told me with delight he regularly played offense and defense in the same game No matter how many films hed seen over how many decades Schickel never lost his enthusiasm for what was new and exciting Seeing his eyes literally twinkle when the conversation turned to what hed enjoyed was to know that without a doubt But weekly reviewing was only part of Schickels work He also wrote books lots of them writing cowriting or editing more than three dozen including researchheavy definitive works on D W Griffith  and Clint Eastwood Even that was not all Schickel was also the rare critic who was a working member of the Directors Guild having made an astonishing 30plus documentaries on film Highlights include his fivehour history of Warner Bros titled You Must Remember This and his landmark The Men Who Made the Movies Patricia Williams Schickel directed more than two dozen documentaries Schickel directed more than two dozen documentaries The Hopeful Patricia Williams Made in 1973 this eightpart series was based on interviews Schickel conducted with an array of Golden Age directors who are only legendary names to many moviegoers today Alfred Hitchcock Frank Capra George Cukor Howard Hawks King Vidor Raoul Walsh Vincente Minnelli and William Wellman That this landmark effort is no longer available for home viewing is truly a shame By nature gregarious Schickel was not a critic who kept himself apart from filmmakers His friends ranged from reclusive director Stanley Kubrick whom he visited on his English estate to Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne Perhaps his closest most sustained relationship was with Eastwood whom he communicated with frequently and admired as a filmmaker and an individual Schickel also found time to reconstruct a version of the World War II epic The Big Red One that was closer to the wishes of another friend director Sam Fuller than anything that had been available before OBITUARY Richard Schickel dies at 84 When time away from screenings permitted Schickel was a voracious reader who devoured mysteries He also had a surprising fondness for Art Deco furnishings one that he shared with Time magazine colleagues Richard and Mary Corliss But mostly Schickel loved movies completely and unreservedly Though he sometimes lost patience with the big clanking machines that Hollywood tended to turn out in recent years he never lost his optimism that the next film out of the gate would be worth his time Even when health problems led to a move to an assisted living facility Schickel was always happy to look at the films he loved The last time I saw him he was hosting a DVD screening for fellow residents of one of his favorites the Judy GarlandMinnelli charmer Meet Me in St Louis The joy he felt was palpable as was the enthusiasm that enabled him to be such a great critic over so many years It may sound like the kind of cliché he would have rigorously avoided to say well not see his like again but in Richard Schickels case  its the truth CAPTION CAPTION CAPTION CAPTION CAPTION kenneth turanlatimes com KennethTuran An earlier version of this article misspelled Garry Shandlings first name as Gary

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