Mr. Schickel takes on eight of Hollywood's finest directors in conversation-Hitchcock, Capra, Minnelli, Cukor, Hawks, Wellman, Vidor, and Walsh-reminiscing about their working lives which spanned the most intriguing decades of American filmmaking. Each of these directors created a canon of work that even today sustains critical analysis without sacrificing popular appeal. "Immensely readable and richly informative...it provides a real education in just how movies are made....One of the best introductions to the cinema that one could ask for."-Library Journal.
Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time magazine and an often-honored observer of American culture. His many books include Intimate Strangers and Matinee Idylls as well as biographies of Clint Eastwood, Marlon Brando, James Cagney, D. W. Griffith, Cary Grant, and Walt Disney. He lives in Los Angeles.