Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The documentary every writer needs to watch - Life Itself
Title: Life Itself
Director: Steve James
United States, 2014
This from the man that brought us 'Hoop Dreams.' Martin Scorsese is one of the executive producers on this and it shows. A wonderful insight into the life and times of the famous film critic Roger Ebert. A wonderful look into his life as a editor, writer and even a blogger. You get to find out all about the great show 'Siskel & Ebert' and how it started.
Steve James gives us a inside view of Ebert how and he lived the final part of his life. We find Ebert at a time where he has lost his voice and he now uses a computer to digitally speak. He uses a blog to write now. As Ebert says, 'My blog became my voice.'
At his side is his loving wife Chaz. They form a powerful unit and she supports him all the way. This documentary is a fascinating glimpse of what it takes to be a writer and especially a film critic.
In some parts funny, some parts serious, others difficult to watch and at times emotional. A wonderful tribute to one of the greatest writers of our time.
His website http://www.rogerebert.com/ is what he has left us. He has evolved film criticism with it Contributors write reviews on his behalf as they continue the reviews on his behalf.
As I left the cinema one lady who watched the movie whispered to me 'How was that movie?'
Rating: A Must See!
Next Showing at DIFF: Thursday 24 July, Ster-Kinekor, Musgrave Centre, 10pm
Review by +Fred Felton