Richard Schickel, American film critic, Died at 84


Richard Warren Schickel was born on February 10, 1933, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and died on February 18, 2017.

He was an American film historian, journalist, author, filmmaker, screenwriter, documentarian, and film and literary critic.

Schickel 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.

Schickel was interviewed in For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009).

During the 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).

Other than film, Schickel also critiqued and documented cartoons, particularly Peanuts.

He died in Los Angeles after suffering from multiple strokes eight days after his 84th birthday.

Richard Schickel passed away at 84 years old.