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"Life Itself"

Based on his memoir of the same name, "Life Itself" recounts Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert's surprising and entertaining life and career. Central Oregon Premiere!

Not Rated
118 minutes
In collaboration with BendFilm

$15 (incld. historic theatre restoration fee)
All Seats Reserved

Produced and Directed by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”)
Executive Producers Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian

 A centerpiece of the documentary is the story of how Ebert and Gene Siskel revolutionized film criticism and became the most recognized and powerful movie critics in the world. In pre-show remarks, the Tower’s executive director—Ray Solley—will share his memories and inside stories as producer of Roger and Gene’s PBS series “Sneak Previews.” 

Ray with Siskel & Ebert.jpg

Part critical biography and part personal history, the film’s spine is the last four months of Roger’s life when the filmmakers had exclusive access as he heroically battled – and ultimately failed – to overcome a hip fracture that turned out to be cancer. The film travels through Roger’s precocious start in Urbana, Illinois; his migration to Chicago; his unexpected promotion as the Chicago Sun-Times’ movie critic; the creation of the television show that would revolutionize film criticism; and his difficult and inspiring fight with cancer.

The film reveals his ribald sense of humor, his passions for politics and justice, as well as Russ Meyer and big-breasted women; his wild days at the legendarily rough and tumble O’Rourke’s Pub, where he learned verbal combat but succumbed to alcoholism before joining AA in 1979; his marriage to Chaz which changed his life; and how he championed and befriended filmmakers including Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Gregory Nava, and Martin Scorsese. 

"Life Itself" shows the real man and the rich, complicated, and ultimately inspiring life he led.

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