The film world remembers its most famous critic
It’s not often actors and film directors combine to praise a film critic. But – such was his influence to cinema – it’s hard to find a bad word for Roger Ebert, who passed away on Thursday following an announcement that he was re-battling cancer.
Ebert was famed for many things; his honest, unflinching approach to film reviewing; his thumbs up, thumbs down gesture; becoming the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. "Roger was the movies,” said Obamba of Ebert. “When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amid his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won't be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz [Ebert's wife] and the rest of the Ebert family."
Ebert and that trademark smile
The response to Ebert's death has been swift and massive.
The world of cinema mourns the death of Roger Ebert today. The most influential film critic and the man, who taught a generation to love “the movies” died yesterday at the age of 70.
Ebert had struggled with cancer of the thyroid and salivary gland previously and it was another bout of the disease, which reportedly took his life in the end. “We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” said his wife, Chaz Ebert. “No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”
On Tuesday, Ebert blogged that the cancer had returned following a hip fracture in December and, in his characteristic way of expression, announced that he would be taking “a leave of presence.” In the blog essay, marking his 46th anniversary of becoming the Sun-Times film critic, Ebert wrote “I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers hand-picked and greatly admired by me.”
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Revered movie critic is forced to wind down his reviews schedule as he battles another bout of cancer
The famed movie critic Roger Ebert has been forced to scale back his reviewing work, after a “painful fracture” in his leg has been re-diagnosed as a cancer. “The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to,” writes Ebert, who is unable to speak, following previous bouts of cancer.
On his blog for Chicago Sun-Times, for whom he has written for 46 years, Ebert revealed that it has become necessary for him to slow down. He describes this next phase in his lengthy career as a “leave of presence.” He explained what he meant by the term, by writing “this means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.” He reassured readers that he will continue to work as a film critic, as well as working on other elements of the ‘Ebert brand,’ including his annual film festival, Ebertfest.
Ebert went on to say that he will be relating his movie reviews to his life dealing with a difficult illness. “It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.”
The renowned film critic Roger Ebert is in hospital with a broken hip, Chicago Sun-Times reports today (December 7, 2012). Doctors have told the press that Ebert – who has been reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for over 40 years - had fractured his hip after feeling “a sharp pain in his leg.” When the pain did not subside, he sought medical advice and after conducting tests, doctors discovered that it was fractured.
Ebert has confirmed via his Twitter page that although the hip is fractured, he is not expecting that it will need surgery. “Details to follow,” he ended his tweet. His wife Chaz Ebert also took to Twitter to update followers on her husband’s condition, saying “Roger in hospital with hip fracture (tricky disco dance moves) but he is doing well, asking for computer, will probably tweet.”
Roger has been reviewing movies for the Sun Times since 1967. In 1975, he won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He also reviewed movies on TV with Gene Siskel, until Siskel’s death in 1999. Ebert lost his ability to speak, after undergoing surgery for cancer. He is a popular blogger and writes about social issues, as well as the latest blockbusters. In 2007, he was labelled the most powerful pundit in the USA by Forbes magazine.
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