Richard A. Blake
What did Peter O'Toole accomplish in his nearly 80 years on earth? This biographer tried to find out.
November 23, 2016
Yes, Peter O’Toole did have a life after “Lawrence of Arabia.”
July 20, 2016
"In short, it is the story of a media manipulator who strove to turn his celebrity into elective office. Draw what parallels you may."
April 06, 2016
'Groucho Marx,' by Lee Siegel
December 18, 2015
"Star Wars" is original and surprising. It is witty, not only in its comic dialogue, but in its ability to spoof itself and the science-fiction genre without going for the cheap laugh.
June 05, 2015
This year marks the centennial of D. W. Griffith’s masterpiece, “The Birth of a Nation.” Who cares? Or who should? After all, it’s really only an embarrassing antique. Film historians have long extolled its artistic innovation as the foundation of the modern motion picture. S
July 15, 2013
A selection of reviews of Woody Allen's films from former America film critic and Allen biographer, Richard A. Blake, S.J.
March 26, 2012
In search of the real Thornton Wilder
October 04, 2010
The outlandish, out-sized life of Sarah Bernhardt
May 10, 2010
Robert Bresson's films explore the mysteries of grace.
January 04, 2010
Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"