Roger Ebert dead at 70


Influential film critic Roger Ebert has passed away, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. He was 70.

Ebert served as film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years, but he became a household name thanks to co-hosting a television program in which he and a colleague reviewed movie releases. Initially he was paired with the late Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune film critic, and subsequently, after Siskel's death in 1999, with Sun-Times colleague Richard Roeper. The popular show ran for three decades.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, whom the Chicago Tribune called "a film critic with the soul of a poet," was also the author of 15 books, including Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert and Life Itself: A Memoir.

Roger Ebert took part in a feature interview on Q about his life and work as part of the publicity tour for Life Itself, in September 2011. He talked to Q host Jian Ghomeshi using text-to-speech software from his laptop computer.

In the players below, we present a video excerpt from the interview, and the audio of the entire interview.

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