Life Itself

Life Itself

DVD - 2015
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The legacy of Roger Ebert's life, recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2015]
©2014
Edition: DVD
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780111703823
0111703824
Branch Call Number: DVD B EBERT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
digital, optical, surround, Dolby, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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maipenrai
Aug 23, 2019

Painful to watch, but having been a movie buff for 60 years, I faithfully watched and enjoyed Siskel and Ebert. It took a great deal of courage for Roger to participate in this documentary. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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cawsking555
Mar 29, 2019

This was deleted from my whold list the new API is sucky I want to watch the movie do not remove the classic catalog. Now I have to place a hold twice.

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Byond
Jul 04, 2018

The young men who migrated to the big cities, who did not take the midnight train back home, fell in with their peers and drank. Roger took the AA path out of the drinking. They lean on a higher power. Roger has remarked that he is in every particular lined up with Roman Catholic doctrine except with regard to the existence of God. Nevertheless, he maintained his sobriety.
Reporting paid off for him early in his life; reporting his responses to mostly Hollywood output established him in the Second City and beyond. He had the advantage of not having to be particularly charismatic, as someone like Garrison Keillor was thought to be; we could check our own responses with his and normally agree. The TV show gained fame as a two thumb operation; this was one case where two heads were better than one. One of Berne's games was 'Let's you and him fight'.
It's the personal life here that challenges one's comfort zone. Roger brings the ingenuity that advanced his career into a life constricted by disfiguring surgery. As viewers, we might feel we do not want to go there, while at the same time we know that to a greater or lesser extent, we will.

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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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