Life Itself

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Life Itself


Friday Aug 15 01:00 PM
Saturday Aug 16 01:00 PM
Saturday Aug 16 07:30 PM
Sunday Aug 17 04:00 PM
Tuesday Aug 19 07:30 PM
Thursday Aug 21 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Steve James. USA. 2014. 120 mins.

Director Steve James’ documentary on Roger Ebert—America’s best known and loved film critic, who died in 2013—has unanimously gotten two-thumbs-up reviews. It is James’s thank you to Ebert, who hailed the filmmaker’s debut documentary Hoop Dreams. But it’s not a beatification. There was womanizing and alcoholism, along with the Pulitzer Prize and passion for movies. James filmed Ebert during the last four months of his life—when cancer had taken his jaw and left him unable to eat or speak. Yes he continued to work as hard as ever. Life Itself, based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. It explores Ebert’s legacy, from his film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Starring Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Martin Scorsese.

A New York Times Critics’ Pick. Read the review.

Official Selection:
2014 Sundance Film Festival
2014 Cannes Film Festival
2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest

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