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Life Itself

Directed by Steve James

USA, 2014

Cornerhouse, 20 December 2014

Life Itself

This documentary charts the life of Roger Ebert, an exceptional writer.  So exceptional, in fact, that he won the Pulitzer Prize for his film criticism: imagine that.

It shows you a man of integrity and wit, intelligence and bravery, and occasional petulance.  Ebert was always, mind – always, always, always – passionate about film.  Here, Martin Scorsese is one of the film makers who take the time to talk about Ebert’s support and influence.

An informative and very moving film, the footage of Ebert’s final months being at once harrowing and inspiring.