Born and raised in Paris, France, Michael moved to the United States in 1982 to continue his work in film. He was one of the foremost experts in American cinema worldwide, and authored many books and award-winning documentaries.
He passed away from lung cancer on June 26, 2014. This 11 minute video is excerpted from an hour long interview. The slide show that follows shows photos of Michael's life from infancy to adulthood and beyond.