Thursday, September 2, 2010

Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel wrote and directed Howard Hawks-The Men Who Made the Movies; it's one episode of a 1973 TV documentary series that also included films on Hitchcock, Capra, Cukor, and several others. The Hawks documentary is deceptively straightforward: movie clips intercut with their director's commentary (top still). Schickel grounds each of Hawks's anecdotes with a killer example from the film under discussion, which makes the film a delight to watch. Above: Scarface, His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, and Red River.
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