Awake in the Dark Forty Years of Reviews, Essays, and Interviews

ISBN-10: 0226182010

ISBN-13: 9780226182018

Edition: 2008

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Description: Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the "Chicago Sun-Times" for over forty years. In fact, no critic alive has reviewed more movies than he has. Yet his essential writings have never been collected in a single volume--until now. With "Awake in the Dark," both fans and film buffs can finally bask in the best of Ebert's work. The reviews, interviews, and essays collected here present a picture of his numerous contributions to the cinema and cinephilia. From "The Godfather" to "GoodFellas," from "Cries and Whispers" to "Crash," the reviews in "Awake in the Dark" span some of the most exceptional periods in film history. In addition, the extraordinary interviews gathered in "Awake in the Dark" capture Ebert engaging not only some of the most influential directors of our time--Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Werner Herzog, and Ingmar Bergman--but also some of the silver screen's most respected personalities, including actors as diverse as Robert Mitchum, James Stewart, Warren Beatty, and Meryl Streep. America's most celebrated film critic, Ebert is a writer whose exceptional intelligence and bursts of insight have shaped the way we think about the movies. "Awake in the Dark" will be a treasure trove not just for fans of this seminal critic but for anyone desiring a fascinating and compulsively readable chronicle of film since the late 1960s. "As film criticism becomes more marginalized, Ebert may come to be seen as the last of a kind--the critic who actually has the power to influence a national audience."--"B"ooklist"" "[Ebert's] writing is top-notch. In "Awake in the Dark," Ebert has produced his most personal collection ofreviews, essays, and interviews, providing insights into the man as much as the movies he loves. . . . This volume contains some of Ebert's most exciting writing."--Gary Kramer, "Filmbill"

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Roger Joseph Ebert was born on June 18, 1942 in Urbana, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - where he was editor of the Daily Illini. He is best known for his film review column in the Chicago Sun Times since 1967 and for the television programs Sneak Previews, At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and Siskel and Ebert and The Movies. After Gene Siskel's death in 1999, Roger Ebert teamed up with Ruchard Roeper for the television series Ebert and Roeper and The Movies which began airing in 2000. Ebert's movie reviews are in more than 200 newspapers in the U.S. and worldwide by Universal Press Syndicate. He has written more than 15 books, including his annual movie yearbook whcih is mostly a collection of his reviews for that year. He became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. His televisio programs have been nominated for Emmy awards. In June 2005 he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the first professional critic to receive this award. He has honorary degrees from the University of Colorado, the AFI Conservatory, and the School of Art Institute of Chicago. He has written a Great Movies series since 1994 whcih he sees as the most important films of all time.

David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer (University California Press, 1981), Narration in the Fiction Film (University Wisconsin Press, 1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (British Film Institute/Princeton University Press, 1988), Making Meaning: Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema (Harvard University Press, 1989), The Cinema of Eisenstein (Harvard University Press, 1993), On the History of Film Style (Harvard University Press, 1997) and Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (Harvard University Press, 2000). He has won a University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Foreword
Introduction
Prologue: Death of a Dream Palace
Review of La Dolce Vita
Interviews and Profiles
Introduction
Warren Beatty
James Stewart
Robert Mitchum
Mitch and Jimmy: Some Thoughts
Lee Marvin
Ingmar Bergman
Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader
Robert Altman
Werner Herzog
Meryl Streep
Woody Allen
Spike Lee
Tom Hanks
Errol Morris
Steven Spielberg
The Best
Introduction
1967: Bonnie and Clyde
1968: The Battle of Algiers
1969: Z
1970: Five Easy Pieces
1971: The Last Picture Show
1972: The Godfather
1973: Cries and Whispers
1974: Scenes from a Marriage
1975: Nashville
1976: Small Change
1977: 3 Women
1978: An Unmarried Woman
1979: Apocalypse Now
1980: The Black Stallion
1981: My Dinner with Andre
1982: Sophie's Choice
1983: The Right Stuff
1984: Amadeus
1985: The Color Purple
1986: Platoon
1987: House of Games
1988: Mississippi Burning
1989: Do the Right Thing
1990: GoodFellas
1991: JFK
1992: Malcolm X
1993: Schindler's List
1994: Hoop Dreams
1995: Leaving Las Vegas
1996: Fargo
1997: Eve's Bayou
1998: Dark City
1999: Being John Malkovich
2000: Almost Famous
2001: Monster's Ball
2002: Minority Report
2003: Monster
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
Foreign Films
Introduction
Tokyo Story
The Music Room
Au Hasard Balthazar
Belle de Jour
The Wild Child
Claire's Knee
Last Tango in Paris
Fellini's Roma
Stroszek
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Wings of Desire
Raise the Red Lantern
The Scent of Green Papaya
Spirited Away
City of God
Documentaries
Introduction
Woodstock
Harlan County, U.S.A.
Gates of Heaven
Say Amen, Somebody
The "Up" Movies
28 Up
35 Up
42 Up
Shoah
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
Crumb
Heidi Fleiss, Hollywood Madam
Microcosmos
Overlooked and Underrated
Introduction
Thieves Like Us
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Saint Jack
El Norte
To Live and Die in L.A.
Trouble in Mind
Housekeeping
The Rapture
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
The Saddest Music in the World
Essays and Think Pieces
Introduction
That's the Way It Is: The Color Purple and the Oscars
Legacy of Star Wars
John Cassavetes: An Appreciation
Why I Love Black and White
The Case for an A Rating
Well, Are Movies Better Than Ever?
A Pulitzer for the Movies
Celluloid vs. Digital: The War for the Soul of the Cinema
The Most Influential Films of the Century
In Memoriam: Pauline Kael
On Film Criticism
Introduction
Twenty-five Years in the Dark
Symposium from Film Comment All Thumbs, or, Is There a Future for Film Criticism?
All Stars, or, Is There a Cure for Criticism of Film Criticism?
Then Again
Auteurism Is Alive and Well and Living in Argentina
A Memo to Myself and Certain Other Film Critics
Epilogue: Thoughts on the Centennial of Cinema
Coda: On the Meaning of Life ... and Movies
Ten Best Lists, 1967-2005
Index
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