A Tribute to Roger Ebert
I wanted to pay a quick tribute to the man who inspired me to think harder about films. Roger Ebert, whose birthday anniversary was this past week, is the mind directly responsible for the title of my project ‘The Empathy Machine’. He was always able to say what other people were thinking and that was his genius; even if he didn’t look or sound like one, he was a poet.
One the professors I heard speak at the National Film Archive of India—where I spent the last month….more on that soon—described the crux of film viewing succinctly, “It’s easy to understand films, but it’s hard to explain them”. This is where the world needed Roger Ebert.
If you have a curiosity to know more about Roger, I highly recommend the documentary Life Itself. The film follows him up until his last days as he battles cancer and continues to write movie reviews from his hospital bed. He is missed by many and I know that I am not alone as I remember his birthday, three years after his passing.