Kenneth Johnson‘s Today’s Memory
Michael Ritchie’s birthday
Originally shared by Kenneth Johnson
Memoriam Spotlight: Michael Ritchie was one of the first directors who allowed me to pick his brain for insights right after he completed the marvelous beauty pageant riff „Smile” (1975, is you haven’t seen it, give it a viewing!), and I found that we shared similar moviemaking philosophies including the idea of „fiction presented in documentary style”. I adore his „The Candidate” (1972, which should be required viewing for anyone involved in politics), and Ritchie went on to direct the hits „Bad News Bears” (1976) and „Semi-Tough” (1977). We met up again to discuss his under-rated Robin Williams and Walter Matthau feature „The Survivors” (1983) and he said the hardest part was reining in the ad-liberty of both of the stars, as well as Jerry Reed. Next came the popular „Fletch” (1985), a sequel, and many others. Thank you Michael!