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'Life Itself' Virtual Screening

Every day
This is an online event · SIFF Cinema Uptown
Presumably, Life Itself was intended as an overview of Roger Ebert's life (itself), but his death overshadows the rest of the film. The final third is dedicated to his failing health; in 2002, Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, and it's wrenching to watch this bombastic, loquacious man robbed of his ability to speak. During his final days, we're witness to some very difficult, very personal times for Ebert and his wife, Chaz. When Ebert's end does come, it's truly upsetting. Indeed, the biggest complaint about Life Itself is that it doesn't contain enough of Roger Ebert. (By necessity, Life Itself's narration—taken from Ebert's 2011 memoir of the same name—is performed by an Ebert soundalike.) With its unflinching focus on Ebert's painful final days, it's a bit of a downer. But it's also a celebration of a complicated, heroic man, and as such, it's well worth seeing. I bet Ebert would agree. NED LANNAMANN


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