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Life Itself (2014)

Life Itself

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

July 18, 2014 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

112 min.

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Steve James

Producer

Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch

Starring

  • Roger Ebert
  • Gene Siskel
  • Errol Morris
  • Werner Herzog
  • Ramin Bahrani
  • Gregory Nava
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Martin Scorsese

Story


"Life Itself", the first ever feature-length documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, covers the prolific critic's life journey from his days at the University of Illinois, to his move to Chicago where he became the first film critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, then to television where he and Gene Siskel became iconic stars, and finally to what Roger referred to as "his third act"; how he overcame disabilities wrought by cancer to became a major voice on the internet and through social media.

Director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") has conducted interviews with over two dozen people, including lifelong friends, professional colleagues, the first ever interview with Gene Siskel's wife, and filmmakers Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Ramin Bahrani, Gregory Nava, Ava DuVernay, and Martin Scorsese, who is one of the executive producers along with Steven Zaillian.

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Roger Ebert in Magnolia Pictures' Life Itself (2014)
Roger Ebert in Magnolia Pictures' Life Itself (2014)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Life Itself is a lovely, eloquent tribute to a man who devoted his existence to showing us just that..”
by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]
“..it's a heartbreaking moment, but this movie is never maudlin or sentimental. It shows us a man who, whatever his flaws..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]