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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 10:53 AM
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Roger Ebert: 'I'm an optimistic person'

Rachel Cooke
The Observer, Saturday 5 November 2011

Roger Ebert, who has been reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer prize. He is one of the few critics to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His reviews he still writes up to six a week both for the newspaper and his website (which receives 110 million visits a year) are syndicated around the world. He runs his own film festival, Eberfest, and co-wrote the screenplay of Russ Meyer's 1970 camp classic, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

In 2006, following post-surgical complications connected to his treatment for thyroid cancer, Ebert lost a large section of his right jaw; he has not been able to speak, eat or drink since. This encounter was therefore conducted by email. "Your questions are provocative!" he wrote, when I sent him my queries. "I like them." A typically Ebertian response. For he is nothing if not cheery. He has written that he knows that death is coming "and I do not fear it because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear I was perfectly content before I was born and I think of death as the same state". On the other hand, "I don't expect to die any time soon I have plans".

interview at link

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/nov/06/roger-ebert-cancer-life-cinema
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 11:12 AM
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1. Thank you for the post.
I knew about his jaw loss but wasn't aware of the other health problems. His attitude is very inspiring.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 11:23 AM
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2. I never used to care for the Siskal and Ebert show,
but since he's been blogging, I've come to love his style.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 11:51 AM
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3. I sent him an email once about his reviews
and I received a personal email response.

Ebert is a tremendous writer and an excellent human being.
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qazplm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:51 PM
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4. I'll be honest, I fear it
not because of what lies on the other side, but because of what doesn't.

I like existing, I want to continue existing as long as possible. I realize once I cease to exist I won't care that I don't exist because well I won't exist, but up til that point, I'm going to look at every possible way to continue to exist as long as possible.

Signed,

Hoping for robot bodies!
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:54 PM
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5. He taught me how to watch movies.
I feel like I have learned so much from listening to him.
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