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"The book works as a simple retrospective, as well as a tribute to Ebert's talent as a writer....But it also serves as an invaluable time capsule, taking us through some of the most exciting and tumultuous changes in the film industry....Awake in the Dark is equally enjoyable as a tribute to Ebert's long and storied career...and as a chronicle of the last forty years of film. It is an essential volume for Ebert's fans, and film lovers in general." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 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 more 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 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 dynamic 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.

Review:

"[P]robably the most prolific film critic of all time....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." Booklist

Review:

"Always alert to trends and defending film as an art form, Ebert never fails to connect with his readers." Library Journal

Review:

"Roger Ebert loves movies more, and better, than almost any critic I've ever met. He also has a keen understanding of the way they work, which you will find out as you make your way through this irreplaceable collection of reviews, reminiscences, and critiques. There's a lifetime of thought and appreciation between these pages — a life, really — and you simply can't say that about most other collections of film criticism." Martin Scorsese

Review:

"Roger Ebert understands how to pop the hood of a movie and tell us how it runs, while still enjoying the ride with his box of popcorn or, in some cases, a bottle of aspirin. Awake in the Dark captures both those sides of Ebert and shows him to be a serious friend of film, someone who loves the movies as much as he understands them." Steven Spielberg

Review:

"Roger Ebert is the grand poobah of them all." Robert Altman

Review:

"Roger Ebert has become a member of our households, our families. He is the one who tells us all about the movies. And, as his passion for the cinema is so deep, and his knowledge so profound, he is the one we can always trust." Werner Herzog

Review:

"Ebert is the most widely read and most trusted film writer in America because he is still, in some way, an amateur viewer — he goes to the movies as a pilgrim, ready to be amazed, wanting to be enlightened." Dave Eggers

Synopsis:

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 Eberts 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 screens most respected personalities, including actors as diverse as Robert Mitchum, James Stewart, Warren Beatty, and Meryl Streep.

           Americas 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.”—Booklist

            “[Ebert's] writing is top-notch. In Awake in the Dark, Ebert has produced his most personal collection of reviews, 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

About the Author

Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times and has cohosted a weekly movie review program on television since 1975, first with Gene Siskel, and since 2000 with Richard Roeper. He is the author of numerous books on film, including The Great Movies, The Great Movies II, and Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by David Bordwell

Introduction     

Prologue: Death of a Dream Palace      

La Dolce Vita

 

Part 1

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          

 

Part 2

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:   Sophies 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:   Schindlers List          

1994:   Hoop Dreams 

1995:   Leaving Las Vegas     

1996:   Fargo 

1997:   Eves Bayou   

1998:   Dark City       

1999:   Being John Malkovich           

2000:    Almost Famous          

2001:   Monsters Ball

2002:   Minority Report          

2003:   Monster          

2004:   Million Dollar Baby    

2005:   Crash 

 

Part 3

Foreign Films

Introduction     

Tokyo Story    

The Music Room        

Au Hasard Balthazar 

Belle de Jour  

The Wild Child           

Claires Knee 

Last Tango in Paris   

Fellinis Roma

Stroszek          

The Marriage of Maria Braun           

Wings of Desire          

Raise the Red Lantern

The Scent of Green Papaya   

Spirited Away 

City of God    

 

Part 4

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 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226182001
Author:
Ebert, Roger
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Foreword by:
Bordwell, David
Foreword:
Bordwell, David
Author:
Bordwell, David
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review A Day" by , "The book works as a simple retrospective, as well as a tribute to Ebert's talent as a writer....But it also serves as an invaluable time capsule, taking us through some of the most exciting and tumultuous changes in the film industry....Awake in the Dark is equally enjoyable as a tribute to Ebert's long and storied career...and as a chronicle of the last forty years of film. It is an essential volume for Ebert's fans, and film lovers in general." Chris Bolton (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "[P]robably the most prolific film critic of all time....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."
"Review" by , "Always alert to trends and defending film as an art form, Ebert never fails to connect with his readers."
"Review" by , "Roger Ebert loves movies more, and better, than almost any critic I've ever met. He also has a keen understanding of the way they work, which you will find out as you make your way through this irreplaceable collection of reviews, reminiscences, and critiques. There's a lifetime of thought and appreciation between these pages — a life, really — and you simply can't say that about most other collections of film criticism."
"Review" by , "Roger Ebert understands how to pop the hood of a movie and tell us how it runs, while still enjoying the ride with his box of popcorn or, in some cases, a bottle of aspirin. Awake in the Dark captures both those sides of Ebert and shows him to be a serious friend of film, someone who loves the movies as much as he understands them."
"Review" by , "Roger Ebert is the grand poobah of them all."
"Review" by , "Roger Ebert has become a member of our households, our families. He is the one who tells us all about the movies. And, as his passion for the cinema is so deep, and his knowledge so profound, he is the one we can always trust."
"Review" by , "Ebert is the most widely read and most trusted film writer in America because he is still, in some way, an amateur viewer — he goes to the movies as a pilgrim, ready to be amazed, wanting to be enlightened."
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Eberts 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 screens most respected personalities, including actors as diverse as Robert Mitchum, James Stewart, Warren Beatty, and Meryl Streep.

           Americas 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.”—Booklist

            “[Ebert's] writing is top-notch. In Awake in the Dark, Ebert has produced his most personal collection of reviews, 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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