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LIFE ITSELF Unclassified 18+

Masters & Restorations | Feature
D Steve James | USA, 2014
Tags: Adaptation, After Work, Auteur, Biography, Documentary, Films by Film Critics, Health, Screened at Cannes, Star Power
 

"Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived." – Chicago Sun-Times

The legendary Roger Ebert passed away last year. Life Itself is an unapologetic but touching portrait of the movie reviewer who towered above all others and forever changed the landscape of film criticism.

Directed by Steve James, whose 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams Ebert himself crowned "one of the great movie-going experiences of my lifetime", Life Itself recounts his life and career from his school newspaper beginnings to his Pulitzer Prize-winning heights. Based on Ebert's own memoir, it lays bare his struggle with alcoholism and cancer, and sheds light on the tempestuous rivalry with frequent collaborator Gene Siskel.

"A profoundly moving story about one of cinema's greatest superheroes." – Twitch

Find the book at Readings.

For more contextual information on the film, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne has prepared a study guide, which you can read here.

D Steve James P Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch Dist Roadshow TD DCP/2014

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