“I have innate confidence that I am right. Partially out of conviction and partially as a pose.” – Roger Ebert in 1990
This episode contains excerpts of Lawrence Grobel’s extended interviews with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel in 1990. The famous duo worked side-by-side from 1975 until Siskel’s death in 1999, co-hosting the acclaimed, nationally syndicated show Siskel & Ebert. They remained together despite–or perhaps because of–their famously tumultuous relationship.
We focused on the ideas of ego and cultural taste that bubbled up throughout the interviews with Roger Ebert. They are essential to both creatives and the people who critique them. Was Ebert a genius? A blowhard? You be the judge.
“My favorite love scenes in movies don’t involve passion, they involve nobility or sacrifice”
“Who wants to live in the present? It’s such a limiting period compared to the past”
“What makes people interesting is the spirit that shines through”
Get more Roger Ebert including his powerful story of finding his voice after losing the ability to speak, a choice list of his wicked one-line reviews, plus his screenplay that became an X-rated cult classic, here.
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