A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 17, 1975

The performing arts and the popular idols they generate have long been a primary interest of TIME'S prolific Contributor Richard Schickel. Since 1960 he has written twelve books, including The Stars and His Picture in the Papers, both explorations of Hollywood's glittery "star syndrome." Schickel's soon-to-be-released volume, The Men Who Made the Movies, is based on his series of interviews with eight eminent film directors written, produced and directed for public television. LIFE'S movie critic from 1965 to 1972, Schickel has reviewed both movies and television for TIME since then. This week he draws on his wide experience in adding his...

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