Film critic and thumb-wielding cultural icon Roger Ebert has passed away after a long bout with cancer. Ebert had already won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, the first film critic to do so, before vaulting to national prominence with his home town film critic rival, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, on their popular film review show, “At the Movies”.
A clear and insightful writer, Ebert managed to balance the high and low well, with historical essays on important and obscure films as well as reviews of more mainstream Hollywood fare. In the online era, Ebert’s archive of film reviews is a treasure trove for film buffs. Take a look at the his Great Movies list – hours of reading, with even more hours of watching to follow.
“I learned to be a movie critic by reading Mad magazine,” wrote Ebert. “Mad’s parodies made me aware of the machine inside the skin—of the way a movie might look original on the outside, while inside it was just recycling the same old dumb formulas.”
To explore further:
Roger Ebert’s book of film / edited by Roger Ebert – PN1994.R5625 1997
Scorsese by Ebert / Roger Ebert ; foreword by Martin Scorsese – PN1998.3.S39 E33 2008
Beyond the valley of the dolls / screenplay by Roger Ebert ; produced and directed by Russ Meyer – V-F M4947 Bey DVD
Life Itself: A Memoir / Roger Ebert – PN1998.3 .E327 A3 2011 [in process]