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- ISBN: 9780375424595 (hbk.)
- ISBN: 0375424598 (hbk.)
- Physical Description: vii, 304 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 
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- Baker & Taylor
A film critic and movie historian who has been watching cinema for 70 years and has seen almost 19,000 films brings viewers on a tour of his favorite movies, highlighting forgotten treasures and explaining what makes a film a hit or a flop.
- Baker & Taylor
A critic and historian who has been watching cinema for seventy years and has seen almost nineteen thousand films presents a tour of his favorite movies, highlighting forgotten treasures and explaining what makes a film a hit or a flop.
- Random House, Inc.
From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies
Richard Schickel has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films. He has been a reviewer since 1965 (long for Time magazine), has written almost forty books on the subject, and has produced and directed thirty documentaries. He has counted as personal friends many of the leading filmmakers of the twentieth century. Call it âobsession,â âlunacy,â or a âgrand passionâ (Schickel grants all three), but thereâs simply no one who knows film better. Now Schickel gives us the ultimate summing up: a history of film as heâs seenâand livedâit, a tour of his favorites, a master class in what makes a film soar or flop.
Schickelâs no-holds-barred, often raucously irreverent opinions can range from panning classics, to spotlighting forgotten treasures, to defending the art of âpopularâ genres such as horror, westerns, screwball comedy, and noir. Beyond his picks and pans, Schickel offers a wealth of behind-the-scenes anecdotes (a love note from Marlene Dietrich, Frank Capraâs unlikely path to success, Annie Hallâs original title), career studies of our greatest performers and auteurs, and candidly intimate glimpses of his own life in pictures (an evening with Greta Garbo, John Fordâs advice on directing, a âdust-upâ in defense of Monty Python).
Above all, Schickel gives us a collection of the true gems, the immortal moments that have stuck with him over a lifetime of movie watchingâthe transcendent scenes, characters, lines, shots, scores, even lighting cues that offer, each in their way, pure âmovie magic.â Buster Keaton, His Girl Friday, Ingrid Bergman, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Stanley Kubrick, Pulp FictionâSchickel reveals all the films and the forces behind them that have kept him coming back for more.
An essential addition to any cinephileâs library, Keepers is the curation of a brilliant connoisseur and critic, but more than that, itâs a love letter to film from one of its most dedicated devotees.