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Film World Loses Roger Ebert

JUANA ESQUIVEL

 

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Roger Ebert became the first film critic to win the prestigious journalism Pulitzer Prize award.

 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic who famously gave movies either a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down has died at the age of 70.  

On Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked for many years, broke the news that Roger Ebert lost his battle to cancer at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. 

Earlier this week, it was reported that the cancer had returned to Ebert’s body and as a result, he would step down from writing reviews. 

The cancer caused Ebert to loose his jaw and the ability to speak, eat and drink. Yet, he continued to write reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Elbert was also known for hosting movie review television shows with Richard Roeper and the late Gene Siskel. 

President Barack Obama expressed his condolences in a statement Thursday afternoon:  

“For a generation of Americans - and especially Chicagoans - Roger was the movies. 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,” said the President, adding “Even amidst 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 and the rest of the Ebert family.”

In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win the prestigious journalism Pulitzer Prize award. He was also the first film critic to have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  

He is survived by his wife, Chaz. 

 

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Original Post

  I guess I admired him cuz he was soooooooo adament about the film industry respecting his wife.  I remember one time during a sundance film festival while he was on a panel with his wife seated next to him and some high powered film moguel slammed Chaz when she answered a question that was directed to Ebert.  Well...not only did he chewed that person out big time, he went on a little ranting saying to the rest of the participants that his wife is just as qualified to answer ANY of the questions directed toward him and if she is disrespected...then he is disrespected and [I'm paraphrasintg] "you don't wanna fock with  me."    That was the end of that.  Soonafter the film industry began treating Chaz like GOLD.  Yeah it was a racist thing and they should have known Ebert liked black women cuz he dated Oprah once and became close friends with her thereafter.  They knew this.  But again massa likes to raise his ugly head but that time it got bit off. 

 

Also I read an article about him and his wife years ago regarding their family life style and since Ebert was an only child it was hard for him to share his worldly things.  But by becoming  a grandparent by proxy. it literally cracked him open in terms of compassion for children i.e. his new grandchildren and sharing his world of wonder with them.  The article went on to say how he would treat his grandchildren like his own.  He would discipline them, teach them things  to inspire their little  minds and reward good behavior.  He was very instrumental in their lives.  And that is probably the thing that touched me about him.  Cuz he didn't carry that "look at me I like black children."  No, he was quiet with it.  And you could tell that the children really loved him.  See a child can see a fake person a mile ago-and won't go near em.   Especially young children.  And many of 'em were photographed all under him in total glee.  So that's what I respect about him the most.  Not that he was a white man giving black children attention....but!  That he was a "man" being the positive role man for black "male" children who otherwise might not get it.    Now as far as his crtiquing films....I've disagreed with him on a lot of things...but many of his analysis have really been on point.  Especially for films that are graded "B" movies.  I must admit he did influenced me to start paying closer attention to them and I found that in most times those movies were far greater and more interesting than the ones that cost millions of dollars to make.

 

Additionally, his marriage is testimony to loving someone internally as oppose to externally.  There is no doubt in my mind that his wife Chaz is responsible for him getting back out there and doing what he loves-despite what his face looked like.  Both have strong personalities, so I know she is the one to encourage him to continue being himself-no matter what!!!  Bravo to her.  Cuz that is REAL love. 

 

On a somber note Ebert will be tremendously missed-he is an icon.  He did large things for our country in terms of how we look at movies.  He did good for the art of filming.  May he now rest in peace-his misson complete.  My condolescenes goes to the family during this time of mourning.   

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