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The late Roger Ebert often told this story about himself: During an Ebertfest screening of “Citizen Kane,” featuring commentary he had recorded for a Criterion Collection laser disc, he went for popcorn and asked a patron what she thought of the movie.
“I like it a lot,” she replied. “But I wish that guy would stop talking.”
The voice of America’s most famous and influential cinema maven has been stilled since 2013. Yet his words and spirit continue to permeate the film festival he founded, with wife Chaz and scholar Nate Kohn, at his beloved U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
On post-festival drives back from Champaign, she took notes as he held forth on future programming ideas. “We could run the festival for another 10 years” on the notebooks she preserved, she says.
- Bob Verini
Ebertfest opens today, and we've got a quick overview of the featured films: Paul Weitz's Grandma, Michael Polish's Northfork, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young's Disturbing the Peace, Marcel L’Herbier's L'Inhumane with live accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra, Kasi Lemmons's Eve's Bayou, Paul Cox's Force of Destiny, Rebecca Parrish's Radical Grace, Bill Pohlad’s Love and Mercy, Brian De Palma's Blow Out and Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul, featuring Paul Robeson's onscreen debut. » - David Hudson »
The Metrograph will open in New York on March 4 with the series Surrender to the Screen: Watching the Moviegoing Experience featuring Terence Davies's The Long Day Closes (1992), Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre sa Vie (1962) and much more before presenting its Jean Eustache retrospective, three films by Frederick Wiseman, Johnnie To's Office and on and on. More goings on: Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow will open and Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson will close the 45th edition of New Directors/New Films. Ebertfest will screen Brian De Palma's Blow Out (1981), Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul (1925) featuring Paul Robeson's onscreen debut, Paul Cox's new Force of Destiny, Mark Polish and Michael Polish's Northfork (2003) and Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) with Orson Welles. And more. » - David Hudson »
3 items from 2016
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