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Thursday, July 24, 2008


Roger Ebert Looks Back -- Maybe it's because I was a viewer of Siskel and Ebert in almost all their incarnations over the years, from the PBS days through Siskel's death and beyond, but I found Roger Ebert's essay, "The Balcony is Closed," one of the most bittersweet pieces of writing I have ever encountered.

Ebert's health problems have kept him off TV the past couple of years, but he still has more energy and insight than any other ten writers I can think of, and he remains our best living film critic. I hope you'll click over and read his first-person history of his and Siskel's TV adventure, from the very beginning, to its recent, unexpected and hopefully temporary end.

And if you haven't read his books, especially the amazing The Great Movies and The Great Movies II, I urge you to pick them up at your nearest bookstore or library. They provide endless inspiration to me, and I'm sure they will to you, as well.

Buy The Great Movies and The Great Movies II from Amazon.com.



Blogger Roger Green said...

I cried when I read it; not sure why.

24 July, 2008 14:14  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

It's definitely the end of an era, whatever move Roger makes next.

And you can bet he was crying when he wrote it, too.

24 July, 2008 14:16  

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