Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Let's move on to a movie now that I think is one of the most brilliant, weird, and unusual American documentary films I've seen in a long time.
Roger Ebert was the definitive mainstream film critic in American cinema.
He's been writing for half of the history of feature films.
Roger was a mature writer early on.
He's written over a dozen books.
He wrote a novel.
He won a Pulitzer Prize.
How on earth did Roger Ebert write 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls'?*
Beyond the valley.
You know, this is a title.
Roger was good at dishing, but he also could take it.
He is a nice guy, but he's not that nice.
It's thriller and week on "Siskel & Ebert & the Movies."†
And we've got three new ones.
Sound a little excited, Gene.
Sound less excited, Roger.
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were the most powerful critics of all time.
The perfect matching of opposites.
Even though Roger wrote "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", Gene lived the life.
These were towering figures, clashing.
It was I'm gonna crush you.
You give "Benji the Hunter Dog" a positive review.‡
That's totally unfair, because you realize...
They almost didn't care what anyone else thought, as long as they could try to persuade the other.
This morning I confessed that I am a sick person.
Three years ago, I found a lump under my chin, and it turned out to be cancer.
Roger had an inner core made of steel.
You wanna rest a little bit, or work a little bit?
Ask Steve, he is the director.
He's the soldier of cinema who cannot even speak anymore, and he plows on.
And that touches my heart very deeply.
As a film critic, he was somebody who gave life to new voices, gave life to new visions, that reflected all the diversity of this nation.
He made it possible for a bigger audience, a wider audience to appreciate cinema as an art form.
'Cause he really loved films.
For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy.
It lets you understand hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears.
It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.
* Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: 1970년작. 링크
† 이즈음 프로그램명을 'Siskel & Ebert & the Movies'에서 'Siskel & Ebert'로 줄였으므로, 원래는 "It's thriller week on Siskel & Ebert."라고 말했어야 했음. 링크
‡ Benji the Hunter Dog: 본래는 'Benji the Hunted'로 1987년작. 링크