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Roger Ebert

Geburtstag: 18. Juni 1942
Todesdatum: 4. April 2013
Andere Namen: Ռոջեր Էբերթ, Роджър Еберт, రోజెర్ ఎబెర్ట్, راجر ایبرت

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Roger Joseph Ebert war ein US-amerikanischer Filmkritiker und Drehbuchautor. Er schrieb für die Chicago Sun-Times und galt als bedeutendster Filmkritiker der USA. Ebert erhielt 1975 den in diesem Jahr erstmals für Filmkritiken vergebenen Pulitzer-Preis.

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Zitate Roger Ebert

„We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise. Looking back over a lifetime, we describe what happened as if it had a plan. To fully understand how accidental and random life is — how vast the odds are against any single event taking place — would be humbling. … This is the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you're watching it, and sends you out into the streets afterwards eager to talk deeply and urgently, to the person you are with. Whoever that happens to be. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/red-1994 of Three Colors: Red (2 December 1994)

„Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: Watching Avatar, I felt sort of the same as when I saw Star Wars in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations. James Cameron's film has been the subject of relentlessly dubious advance buzz, just as his Titanic was. Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/avatar-2009 of Avatar (11 December 2009)

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„The elements in The Wizard of Oz powerfully fill a void that exists inside many children.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: The elements in The Wizard of Oz powerfully fill a void that exists inside many children. For kids of a certain age, home is everything, the center of the world. But over the rainbow, dimly guessed at, is the wide earth, fascinating and terrifying. There is a deep fundamental fear that events might conspire to transport the child from the safety of home and strand him far away in a strange land. And what would he hope to find there? Why, new friends, to advise and protect him. And Toto, of course, because children have such a strong symbiotic relationship with their pets that they assume they would get lost together. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-wizard-of-oz-1939 of The Wizard of Oz (22 December 1996)

„Milk was the right person in the right place at the right time, and he rose to the occasion.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to. He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world. He shows what such an ordinary man can achieve. Milk was the right person in the right place at the right time, and he rose to the occasion. So was Rosa Parks. Sometimes, at a precise moment in history, all it takes is for one person to stand up. Or sit down. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/milk-2008 of Milk (24 November 2008)

„At last we see what a four-hour erection looks like.“

—  Roger Ebert
Context: I didn't have a stop watch, but it seemed to me the elephantine action scenes were pretty much spaced out evenly through the movie. There was no starting out slow and building up to a big climax. The movie is pretty much all climax. The Autobots® and Decepticons® must not have read the warning label on their Viagra. At last we see what a four-hour erection looks like. The Fall of the Revengers, discussing the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen "Roger Ebert's Journal" http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/06/the_fall_of_the_revengers.html (24 June 2009)

„I walked away in elation and disbelief, yet hardly suspected that this day would set the course for the rest of my life.“

—  Roger Ebert
Context: I began my work as a film critic in 1967. I had not thought to be a film critic, and indeed had few firm career plans apart from vague notions that I might someday be a political columnist or a professor of English. Robert Zonka, who was named the paper's feature editor the same day I was hired at the Chicago Sun-Times, became one of the best friends of a lifetime. One day in March 1967, he called me into a conference room, told me that Eleanor Keen, the paper's movie critic, was retiring, and that I was the new critic. I walked away in elation and disbelief, yet hardly suspected that this day would set the course for the rest of my life.

„Once you accept the notion that the state has the right to kill someone and the right to define what is a capital crime, aren't you halfway there?“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: The ability of so many people to live comfortably with the idea of capital punishment is perhaps a clue to how so many Europeans were able to live with the idea of the Holocaust: Once you accept the notion that the state has the right to kill someone and the right to define what is a capital crime, aren't you halfway there? Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mr-death-the-rise-and-fall-of-fred-a-leuchter-jr-2000 of Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (4 February 2000)

„This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: It is not too soon for "United 93," because it is not a film that knows any time has passed since 9/11. The entire story, every detail, is told in the present tense. We know what they know when they know it, and nothing else. Nothing about Al Qaeda, nothing about Osama bin Laden, nothing about Afghanistan or Iraq, only events as they unfold. This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims. Review https://web.archive.org/web/20130707210114/http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/united-93-2006 of United 93 (27 April 2006)

„Dances With Wolves has the kind of vision and ambition that is rare in movies today.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: Dances With Wolves has the kind of vision and ambition that is rare in movies today. It is not a formula movie, but a thoughtful, carefully observed story. It is a Western at a time when the Western is said to be dead. It asks for our imagination and sympathy. It takes its time, three hours, to unfold. It is a personal triumph for Kevin Costner, the intelligent young actor of Field of Dreams, who directed the film and shows a command of story and of visual structure that is startling; this movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it's a directorial debut. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/dances-with-wolves-1990 of Dances with Wolves (9 November 1990)

„Minority Report reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: American movies are in the midst of a transition period. Some directors place their trust in technology. Spielberg, who is a master of technology, trusts only story and character, and then uses everything else as a workman uses his tools. He makes Minority Report with the new technology; other directors seem to be trying to make their movies from it. This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill. Minority Report reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/minority-report-2002 of Minority Report (21 June 2002)

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„Watching the way thousands of people in his audience could not think for themselves, could not find the courage to allow their ordinary feelings of decency and taste to prevail, I understood better how demagogues are possible.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Zero star reviews, Context: Crowds can be frightening. They have a way of impressing the low, base taste upon their members. Watching the way thousands of people in his audience could not think for themselves, could not find the courage to allow their ordinary feelings of decency and taste to prevail, I understood better how demagogues are possible. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/dice-rules-1991 of Dice Rules (17 May 1991)

„This process leads to the present moment, and to all of us.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is a film of vast ambition and deep humility, attempting no less than to encompass all of existence and view it through the prism of a few infinitesimal lives. The only other film I've seen with this boldness of vision is Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it lacked Malick's fierce evocation of human feeling. … I don't know when a film has connected more immediately with my own personal experience. In uncanny ways, the central events of The Tree of Life reflect a time and place I lived in, and the boys in it are me. If I set out to make an autobiographical film, and if I had Malick's gift, it would look so much like this. … There is a father who maintains discipline and a mother who exudes forgiveness, and long summer days of play and idleness and urgent unsaid questions about the meaning of things. … The film's portrait of everyday life, inspired by Malick's memories of his hometown of Waco, Texas, is bounded by two immensities, one of space and time, and the other of spirituality. The Tree of Life has awe-inspiring visuals suggesting the birth and expansion of the universe, the appearance of life on a microscopic level and the evolution of species. This process leads to the present moment, and to all of us. We were created in the Big Bang and over untold millions of years, molecules formed themselves into, well, you and me. And what comes after? In whispered words near the beginning, "nature" and "grace" are heard. … The film's coda provides a vision of an afterlife, a desolate landscape on which quiet people solemnly recognize and greet one another, and all is understood in the fullness of time. Review of The Tree of Life (2 June 2011) http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110602/REVIEWS/110609998

„Magnolia is operatic in its ambition, a great, joyous leap into melodrama and coincidence, with ragged emotions, crimes and punishments, deathbed scenes, romantic dreams, generational turmoil and celestial intervention, all scored to insistent music. It is not a timid film.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: Magnolia is operatic in its ambition, a great, joyous leap into melodrama and coincidence, with ragged emotions, crimes and punishments, deathbed scenes, romantic dreams, generational turmoil and celestial intervention, all scored to insistent music. It is not a timid film. … The movie is an interlocking series of episodes that take place during one day in Los Angeles, sometimes even at the same moment. Its characters are linked by blood, coincidence and by the way their lives seem parallel. Themes emerge: the deaths of fathers, the resentments of children, the failure of early promise, the way all plans and ambitions can be undermined by sudden and astonishing events. … All of these threads converge, in one way or another, upon an event there is no way for the audience to anticipate. This event is not "cheating," as some critics have argued, because the prologue fully prepares the way for it, as do some subtle references to Exodus. It works like the hand of God, reminding us of the absurdity of daring to plan. And yet plan we must, because we are human, and because sometimes our plans work out. Magnolia is the kind of film I instinctively respond to. Leave logic at the door. Do not expect subdued taste and restraint, but instead a kind of operatic ecstasy. At three hours it is even operatic in length, as its themes unfold, its characters strive against the dying of the light, and the great wheel of chance rolls on toward them. Review of Magnolia in Chicago Sun-Times (7 January 2000) http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/magnolia-2000

„It is human nature to look away from illness. We don't enjoy a reminder of our own fragile mortality.“

—  Roger Ebert
Context: It is human nature to look away from illness. We don't enjoy a reminder of our own fragile mortality. That's why writing on the Internet has become a life-saver for me. My ability to think and write have not been affected. And on the Web, my real voice finds expression. TED Talk http://www.ted.com/talks/roger_ebert_remaking_my_voice.html (March 2011)

„Film theory has nothing to do with film.“

—  Roger Ebert
Context: Film theory has nothing to do with film. Students presumably hope to find out something about film, and all they will find out is an occult and arcane language designed only for the purpose of excluding those who have not mastered it and giving academic rewards to those who have. No one with any literacy, taste or intelligence would want to teach these courses, so the bona fide definition of people teaching them are people who are incapable of teaching anything else. As quoted by David Weddle in " Lights, Camera, Action. Marxism, Semiotics, Narratology: Film School Isn't What It Used to Be, One Father Discovers http://articles.latimes.com/print/2003/jul/13/magazine/tm-filmschool28." Los Angeles Times (13 July 2003)

„Watching Avatar, I felt sort of the same as when I saw Star Wars in 1977.“

—  Roger Ebert
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: Watching Avatar, I felt sort of the same as when I saw Star Wars in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations. James Cameron's film has been the subject of relentlessly dubious advance buzz, just as his Titanic was. Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/avatar-2009 of Avatar (11 December 2009)

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