Life Itself Programme 2018

by Steve James Gala Premieres

His film critiques were dreaded and celebrated. To love films and to hate them were the passions of Roger Ebert, the American publicist who eloquently expressed both of these sentiments over a period of 40 years in his writing. He also critiqued films, together with critic Gene Siskel in fierce word battles on the talk show “Siskel & Ebert”, which helped the films – and Ebert himself – gain unexpected popularity. Director Steve James accompanied Ebert during the last part of his momentous life as he battled with thyroid cancer. He tells the stories of this film-obsessed man using his memories, extensive archive footage and lots of conversations with family, friends and work colleagues. LIFE ITSELF pays homage to a profound film connoisseur – and is also a declaration of the love of life.


  • Genre: DOC: Portrait
  • Country, Year: USA, 2014
  • Runtime: 118 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
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  • Director: Steve James
  • Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Raven Ebert, Ava DuVernay, Ramin Bahrani, Richard Corliss
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  • Cinematography: Dana Kupper
  • Editors: Steve James, David Simpson
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  • Producers: Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch, Steven Zaillian, Martin Scorsese, Michael W. Ferro Jr., Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Kat White, Mark Mitten
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  • Production Company: Kartemquin Educational Films
  • World Sales: Magnolia Pictures
  • www.ebertmovie.com/
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