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The Great Movies IV

Roger Ebert

The Great Movies IV

Roger Ebert

With an Introduction by Chaz Ebert and a Foreword by Matt Zoller Seitz
288 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $27.50 ISBN: 9780226403984 Published September 2016
E-book $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226404035 Published September 2016
No film critic has ever been as influential—or as beloved— as Roger Ebert. Over more than four decades, he built a reputation writing reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and, later, arguing onscreen with rival Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel and later Richard Roeper about the movies they loved and loathed. But Ebert went well beyond a mere “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” Readers could always sense the man behind the words, a man with interests beyond film and a lifetime’s distilled wisdom about the larger world. Although the world lost one of its most important critics far too early, Ebert lives on in the minds of moviegoers today, who continually find themselves debating what he might have thought about a current movie.

The Great Movies IV is the fourth—and final—collection of Roger Ebert’s essays, comprising sixty-two reviews of films ranging from the silent era to the recent past. From films like The Cabinet of Caligari and Viridiana that have been considered canonical for decades to movies only recently recognized as masterpieces to Superman, The Big Lebowski, and Pink Floyd: The Wall, the pieces gathered here demonstrate the critical acumen seen in Ebert’s daily reviews and the more reflective and wide-ranging considerations that the longer format allowed him to offer. Ebert’s essays are joined here by an insightful foreword by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz, the current editor-in-chief of the official Roger Ebert website, and a touching introduction by Chaz Ebert.

A fitting capstone to a truly remarkable career, The Great Movies IV will introduce newcomers to some of the most exceptional movies ever made, while revealing new insights to connoisseurs as well.
 
Review Quotes
Parade, on the Great Movies collections
“Ebert’s take-no-prisoners essays packed with insidery insights will send movie lovers back to the sofa for a second look at old favorites like Cool Hand Luke and My Fair Lady while introducing more offbeat picks like Sansho the Bailiff and Pixote.”
Booklist, on the Great Movies collection
“Ebert offers informed critical appraisals, as well as background on the movies’ making and significance, that make these pieces rewarding for film buffs and ideal introductions for first-time viewers.”
Richard Corliss, Time, on the Great Movies collection
“No one has done as much as Ebert to connect the creators of movies with their consumers. He has immense power, and he’s used it for good, as an apostle of the cinema.”
Library Journal, on the Great Movies collection
“Essential. . . . especially for those owning Ebert’s first collections.”
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