At the time of his death in April last year, Roger Ebert was arguably the most famous film critic in the world. Based on interviews filmed during the last months of his cancer-ridden life, the film is interspersed with a wealth of clips from Ebert's long and storied career in television. It is an honest portrait of a man whose strong feelings about movies were not always flattering or magnanimous. LIFE ITSELF is a nuanced celebration of the life of a highly knowledgeable, eloquent and opinionated critic.
Steve James (USA, 1955) Selected films: HEAD GAMES (2012), THE INTERRUPTERS (2011), STEVIE (2002)