Life Itself

Life Itself

Downloadable Video - 2014
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Acclaimed director Steve James along with executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present Life Itself, a film that recounts the inspiring, entertaining, and colorful life of world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name it explores Roger Ebert's legacy - his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Publisher: [United States] : Video Services Corp : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 120 min.)) : sd., col

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poolman
Nov 13, 2017

A hymn to a beautiful human being, not perfect at all but very human who lived his life to the fullest. Being elderly myself I watched this splendid documentary with a wistfulness and a sense of deja vu having seen the PBS Siskel & Ebert show over the years. I think Roger would be proud of the effort of so many to hold one last candle to illuminate his life.

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OpenBook3000
Jan 06, 2017

Great video. Difficult at times to watch when showing his personality warts and the end of his life dealing with cancer. I remember seeing Siskel and Ebert on PBS way back when and didn't think much of it, but this documentary and the book by the same name really made an impression.

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hesselugano
Mar 29, 2016

In his "Baloney Detection Checklist" the late Carl Sagan warned about people who argue from authority. Roger Ebert argued from authority (my reviews are always unquestionably accurate because I'm a famous film critic) and sometimes his reviews resembled the mood swings of a bipolar disorder sufferer. He gave four stars to some of the most unwatchable dreck (e.g. V. I. Warshawsky) yet he would trash movies that obviously had merit (e.g. Full Metal Jacket). What I particularly disliked were the favorable reviews that later appeared in some of Ebert's books - reviews of films that I distinctly recall him panning at the time of their original release. Certainly the man is entitled to change his mind, but a more honest critic would have drawn the readers attention to the disparity and offered some explanation as to why the film later grew on him.

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 24, 2015

I am a fan of Ebert's film review, but did not find this documentary on him particularly interesting. When he was young Ebert was a pompous individual full of himself - not very likeable. So I will stick to his reviews instead.

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cknightkc
Aug 13, 2015

As movie lovers and fans of Siskel & Ebert, my husband and I give LIFE ITSELF two enthusiastic thumbs up! An unflinching and moving look into Roger Ebert's life.

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Veranda
Jul 17, 2015

honest, compassionate, soul-baring, stupendous.beyond that i am speechless.

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brigpa1
Jun 30, 2015

The parts about his life were interesting but it was way too LONG! It would have been much better without all of the hospital scenes. Watching the nurses suction his throat , try to get the gastric tube in, etc were too much for me.

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cgesu1
Jun 15, 2015

I didn't think I would like this very much but since I work in the biz, I thought I should see it! I'm not a fan of judging art of any kind but always liked to hear what they had to say in their reviews. The film was worth seeing for many reasons!
It had depth and was actually inspirational at times. Sad and touching too!

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Kim_H
Jun 11, 2015

Not interesting.

JEJUENG May 06, 2015

Really great hard to watch some scenes, Siskel and Ebert clips were funny but than you realize there both gone.

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