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Publisher Comments:

The celebrated film critic sets the record straight about the view of World War II promoted by our popular culture, and he does it by illuminating the meaning of wartime films set against the background of his own growing up.

Review:

"Schickel, a 20-year film critic for Time, analyzes his obsession with movies vis-a-vis his own life." Library Journal

Review:

"Brutally honest and gracefully written. An important book and a necessary one." Marin Scorsese

Review:

"Refreshingly down to earth...a pleasure to read." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Exceptionally agreeable and interesting memoir...affectionate but clear-eyed." The Washington Post

Book News Annotation:

In this memoir, film critic Schickel (Time magazine) recalls his childhood days growing up in a Milwaukee suburb during World War II. The story centers around the author's lifelong love of the movies. Schickel also discusses the ways in which the wartime movies he enjoyed as a youth misled the public about the nature of the war, our soldiers, our government, and the home front.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this book the celebrated film critic and biographer turns to a story of his own life during the years of World War II. Richard Schickel's engaging memoir is not a fashionable tale of childhood abuse, but it does chart the growth of one addiction: a boy's attraction to the movies, which was to become a lifelong passion. In the dark movie palaces of his youth, Mr. Schickel confesses, he surrendered a great deal of his imaginative self and found the romance and heroic adventure so lacking in the serene and placid little world he inhabited. Looking back now, he finds that much of the drama in his young life was covered in silence, duplicity, and misdirection-a happy middle-class fiction that evaded the harsher facts of life. And so did Hollywood. It showed us fantastic possibilities and made them plausible, but in so doing it profoundly misled us about the nature of the war, our soldiers, our government, and the home front. Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip is Mr. Schickel's effort to set the record straight about that view of the war promoted by our popular culture, and he does it by illuminating the meaning of wartime films set against the background of his own growing up. It's a wonderful reading experience.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566634915
Subtitle:
Movies, Memory and World War II
Author:
Schickel, Richard
Publisher:
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film critics
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
10194
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.78x5.80x1.25 in. 1.28 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Ivan R. Dee Publisher - English 9781566634915 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Schickel, a 20-year film critic for Time, analyzes his obsession with movies vis-a-vis his own life."
"Review" by , "Brutally honest and gracefully written. An important book and a necessary one."
"Review" by , "Refreshingly down to earth...a pleasure to read."
"Review" by , "Exceptionally agreeable and interesting memoir...affectionate but clear-eyed."
"Synopsis" by , In this book the celebrated film critic and biographer turns to a story of his own life during the years of World War II. Richard Schickel's engaging memoir is not a fashionable tale of childhood abuse, but it does chart the growth of one addiction: a boy's attraction to the movies, which was to become a lifelong passion. In the dark movie palaces of his youth, Mr. Schickel confesses, he surrendered a great deal of his imaginative self and found the romance and heroic adventure so lacking in the serene and placid little world he inhabited. Looking back now, he finds that much of the drama in his young life was covered in silence, duplicity, and misdirection-a happy middle-class fiction that evaded the harsher facts of life. And so did Hollywood. It showed us fantastic possibilities and made them plausible, but in so doing it profoundly misled us about the nature of the war, our soldiers, our government, and the home front. Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip is Mr. Schickel's effort to set the record straight about that view of the war promoted by our popular culture, and he does it by illuminating the meaning of wartime films set against the background of his own growing up. It's a wonderful reading experience.
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