Roger Ebert’s documentary ‘Life Itself’ introduced at the Siskel Film Center

By Ricky Yandoli,

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert is memorialized in Life Itself, a documentary introduced at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Famous Hollywood director Martin Scorsese is one of the executive producers of this project. Steve James, known for the documentary Hoop Dreams, directs the film.

According to NBC Chicago, the filmmakers spent hours upon hours with Ebert four months before he passed away from his battle with cancer.

Martin Scorsese explains that Ebert had a keen intuition about Scorsese's own characteristics even before Scorsese discovered them about himself.

“When I saw he said that, I said, ‘Well, that’s what it’s all about,’" said Scorsese, concerning the startlingly accurate review Ebert gave of his film The Departed. He continued to say, as reported by the New York Times,
"And it took me years to understand that that’s who I am. And Roger knew that.”

In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He listed his opinion of the best films from the years 1967 until 2012. His passion as a film critic helped him earn a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

You can watch the trailer for the Life Itself below.

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