Some of the movies' greatest figures, some of the most important issues raised by the medium, come under close, highly personal, and deeply informed reflection in this new book by one of our most prominent and influential critics. A pleasure to read...intelligent, well-informed, insightful and unfailingly gracious. -Martin Scorsese
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There is nothing like a conversation about movies with Richard Schickel, and the only thing better than the man in person is this book. -- Jeanine Basinger Rich...generous...informative and smart. -- Patricia Bosworth "Schickel has an admirable compassion for younger people whose memories don't go back as far as his do, but he also has an urgent sense of how important it is to remember what we already know, and to learn what we don't. -- Marin Scorsese Enthusiastic...Schickel shares his vast knowledge of film history with a determination to get to the heart of the matter...a work of defiant clarity. -- Diane Jacobs The New York Times Insightful...seemingly effortless... They have the force of gentle revelation...filled with breathtaking musings and asides...immensely civilized and civilizing, not to mention, witty, elegant, and elegiac. -- Robert Towne
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