Garry Shandling

Film critic Richard Schickel: Tough, honest and ever hopeful for the next great movie

Film critic Richard Schickel: Tough, honest and ever hopeful for the next great movie

Garry Shandling can be seen in "Dying Laughing," a new documentary on comedians, talking with exasperation about a young person who insisted that there must be a secret to success in stand-up. No secret, Shandling had tried to tell him, just sustained hard work.    

So it was with the prolific Richard Schickel, for decades one of the giants of American film criticism, who died Saturday at age 84. How did he manage to have not one but three extensive film-related careers, any one of which would have exhausted anyone else? There was no secret. Schickel simply worked harder and was smarter than most. A lot smarter.

Witty, analytical, tough-minded but...

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