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Roger Ebert hits the big screen

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 - 01:43

The life and career of the late film critic is celebrated in the new film ''Life Itself.'' Alicia Powell reports.

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Film critic Roger Ebert becomes the subject. The late writer's friends and family gathered in New York to celebrate the release of "Life Itself" - a documentary about his life. Film maker Martin Scorsese produced the film alongside director Steve James. SOUNDBITE: Steve James, director, saying (English): "I think that Roger would actually give it two thumbs up. I think that he'd be very pleased with it because it's a very honest portrait of him. It shows warts and all." Ebert's wife, Chaz, worked closely on the project, said her husband would approve. SOUNDBITE: Chaz Ebert, Roger Ebert's wife, saying (English): "I think that Roger would actually give it two thumbs up. I think that he'd be very pleased with it because it's a very honest portrait of him. It shows warts and all." The Chicago-based critic's reviews appeared in more than 200 newspapers, but his most visible role was as one of the hosts of a popular television movie review program "Siskel & Ebert." The film chronicles not only his career but his romance with Chaz, whom he married at the age of 50. SOUNDBITE: Chaz Ebert, Roger Ebert's wife, saying (English): "It's also a love story because you know, love was the glue, love was the transformer. I think that my love for him and his love for me - his love for me transformed me and my love for him transformed him. Absolutely. And if I hadn't loved him that much I couldn't have done what I did when he got sick." Ebert's bouts with cancer cost him his lower jaw. He communicated through notes and a mechanized voice as well as on the Internet, but he could not eat normally and received nutrition through a tube. The film will air on U.S. news network CNN later this year.

Roger Ebert hits the big screen

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 - 01:43

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