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Awake in the Dark The Best of Roger EbertDynamic personalities including actors as diverse as Robert Mitchum James Stewart Warren Beatty and Meryl Streep Ebert’s remarkable essays play a significant part in Awake in the Dark as well The book contains some of Ebert’s most admired pieces among them a moving appreciation of John Cassavetes and a loving tribute to the virtues of black and white films If Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris were godmother and godfather to the movie generation then Ebert is its voice from within a writer whose exceptional intelligence and daily bursts of insight and enthusiasm have shaped the way we think about the movies Awake in the Dark therefore 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 Like all of Ebert's books this one's going to be reread a couple of times in my lifetime Reading or rereading I learn so much from him Even important I ENJOY him

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Work The reviews interviews and essays collected here present a picture of this indispensable critic’s 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 from the dramatic rise of rebel Hollywood and the heyday of the auteur to the triumph of blockbuster films such as Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark to the indie revolution that is still with us today 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 and If pressed to name a movie critic most people would probably say Roger EbertEven though he hasn’t hosted the show he made famous in some years – indeed he no longer can speak – he remains and likely will remain for some time the most famous critic of his timeI recently finished a collection of his writings Awake in the Dark which reinforces that conclusion While the book is primarily made of film reviews which I’ll get to later it’s the other sections that shine the mostIf Ebert is a good critic he’s an even better essayist Here he tackles the MPAA Ted Turner and the colorization of film an issue that Ebert likely helped defeat digital projection and why the Oscars reward some movies over othersA real treat in the book is an extended discussion on the state of film criticism presented in a series of essays by Ebert Richard Corless and Andrew Sarris It’s an interesting look at two differing schools of thought on how criticism works and where it’s headed – Corless argues that shows like Siskel and Ebert are moving film criticism away from actual discussion to uick bursts of information and “if it’s any good” talk that spells out your taste for youA section of his profiles is a little uneven His looks at Woody Allen feels odd with the added benefit of hindsight and his piece where he drives around with Robert Mitchum doesn’t really go anywhere much like Mitchum’s drivingBut others offer an interesting look inside the creative process His piece on Ingmar Bergman takes you inside a closed set where Bergman only filmed with the people who absolutely needed to be there His piece on Tom Hanks examines what makes Hanks such a versatile and popular actor when people barely even know the real Hanks – without actually speaking to his subjectHis astute ability at breaking down not only why a movie a character or a director is successful but at how they impact the viewer is superb – few critics can really explain why things work like Ebert does in simple terms that anybody can understand These profiles often show this in exuisite detail When he really clicks on a subject it’s great readingThe bulk of this book is a massive collection of reviews 76 in all The editors of the book wisely chose to go with Ebert’s original reviews when possible some of them curiously brief This gives the book a sense of immediacy his other collections don’t have These pieces written around the time of the movie’s premiere offer an unvarnished look at each movie before the public reached a mass opinionIt’s interesting to see how he reacted to movies like The Godfather Bonnie and Clyde and Do The Right Thing upon their original release And it feels honest to see this original reaction not how he feels looking backThe book doesn’t stick to just “classic” movies either It offers a selection at world film with reviews that range from Ozu’s Tokyo Story Herzog’s Stroszek and Satayajit Ray’s The Music Room These reviews offer a uick primer on world cinema and showcase that Ebert is interested in then just the blockbustersThere are also sections on documentaries – including several reviews of the Up series of movies – and on films Ebert thinks are either underrated or overlooked His take at the works of Sam Peckinpah or the great car chase in To Live and Die in LA show that then anything else Ebert is somebody who genuinely likes moviesIt feels at times like by writing Ebert is trying to share his enthusiasm with the reader make it clear not that a movie is good or bad but that it’s worth your time Ebert writes that film is a medium to be enjoyed and to be shared; what fun is it to watch a movie by yourself?On the whole Awake in the Dark serves as a great overview for Ebert’s career and a great look at how movies have evolved in the past 40 years More then that it shows the evolution of Ebert as a film critic – by taking one review from each year he wrote you can really see how much he’s grown and further appreciate how lucky his readers are For anybody interested not just in Ebert but also in film this book is must read

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Awake in the Dark The Best of Roger Ebert reader × Hardcover À [Epub] ➟ Awake in the Dark The Best of Roger Ebert Author Roger Ebert – Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun Times for nearly forty years And during those four decades his wide knowledge keen juRoger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun Times for nearly forty years And during those four decades his wide knowledge keen judgment prodigious energy and sharp sense of humor have made him America’s most celebrated film critic He was the first such critic to win a Pulitzer Prize one of just three film critics ever to receive that honor and the only one to have a star dedicated to him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame His groundbreaking hit TV show At the Movies meanwhile has made “two thumbs up” one of the most coveted hallmarks in the entire industry No critic alive has reviewed movies than Roger Ebert and 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 That was nice I don't consider the reviews in this book Ebert's best but by far the reviews of the movies he considered the best I've read better reviews of Ebert's Still I love his style The best parts of the book to me seemed the Essays and Think Pieces part and the On Film Criticism part Loved them Of course the Profiles and Interviews were great and I particularly liked the essays on Ingmar Bergman Spike Lee Woody Allen and yes Tom Hanks Nice piece of writing Great expectations for Great Movies