Ronald Reagan: A Life in Film

Ronald Reagan: A Life in Film

by Richard Schickel

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Ronald Reagan: A Life in Film by Richard Schickel

Ronald Reagan’s astonishing success in not one but two careers makes sense, legendary film critic Richard Schickel argues, only if you view it in utterly un-American terms. He succeeded as an actor, in the theatrical sense of the word, precisely because he refused to act in the nontheatrical sense of the word - refused, that is, to try to impose himself on events, to shape them to his uses. Rather, the opposite was true: He succeeded because he saw his movie career as a lucky opportunity. His gambit: Show up on time, learn his lines, submit to the publicity process, and, above all, not question the wisdom of the studio's decisions about his career. The result was little short of miraculous.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013751576
Publisher: New Word City
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 24
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Richard Schickel is a film historian, filmmaker, and film critic. He is the author of 37 books and the director-writer-producer of dozens of films and television documentaries, largely about film makers and movie history. Schickel began his career as a film critic at Life in 1965 and served in a similar capacity at Time until 2009. He has held a Guggenheim fellowship, was awarded an honorary degree from the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute Book Prize, as well as the William K. Everson Award from the National Board of Review and the Telluride Film Festival’s Silver Medal, both for his service to the film industry.

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