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Ronald Reagan, A Life In Film

Richard Schickel

Published January 9th 2012
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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, preciselyMoreRonald 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 studios decisions about his career. The result was little short of miraculous. (from the books official webpage)