Thursday, April 9, 2015

Life Itself

The life and career of Roger Ebert is examined in this brutally candid and moving documentary. Featuring vintage photographs taken in his early years as a journalist struggling with alcoholism, footage of graphic hospital procedures during his battle with cancer, bloopers from his brotherly and antagonistic relationship with fellow critic Gene Siskel, and a not-quite explanation of his decision to write the screenplay for Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Life Itself shines a light on a complex individual who seemingly never loses his joy for both life and the movies in spite of insurmountable health struggles. Life Itself was so profound, I decided to watch Citizen Kane with Ebert's mind-bogglingly in-depth commentary.

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