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Life Itself

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Original title
Life Itself
Year
Running time
115 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Music
Joshua Abrams
Cinematography
Dana Kupper
Cast
Producer
Kartemquin Films, CNN Films, Film Rites (Producer: Martin Scorsese)
Genre
Documentary | Movie Documentary. Biography
Synopsis / Plot
It's the first-ever feature-length documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, which is enough of a reason for us to see it. But the fact that it's directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") and features interviews with filmmakers such as Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay and Martin Scorsese (who is one o the film's executive producers), elevates the film to must-see status. No doubt, it will cover Ebert's early days at the University of Illinois to his move to Chicago where he became the first critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, and then to his time on television where he became a household name alongside Gene Siskel. But we're most excited to see the way the film handles Ebert's "third act," when he overcome disabilities and became an important voice on social media, not to mention his ongoing love affair with his wife, Chaz Ebert.
Awards
2014: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary
2014: National Board of Review: Best Documentary
2014: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Documentary
2014: Critics Choice Awards: Best Documentary
2014: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Documentary
2014: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Documentary
2014: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Documentary
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