VIDEO ESSAY: Siskel and Ebert: Screen Fighting Men

News
by Ken Cancelosi
April 5, 2013 12:01 PM
2 Comments
  • |


Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were journalists, film reviewers, TV personalities and friends. They disliked each other and loved each other. They needled each other on the air and put on a great show, but it was always in the service of film criticism and education, a means of exciting viewers and drawing them in. Their decades long partnership produced some of the finest televised film criticism of our era; their contentious relationship inspired all of America to think more deeply about lovely images that pass before us, the characters that populate our culture, and the cinematic artists that define our lives. 

This video essay doesn't attempt to evaluate their important critical legacies. It zeros in on the magic itself, that remarkable chemistry that kept America watching for decades — a relationship copied but never equaled, serious but irreverent, respectable but never respectful. 

They worked together until Gene Siskel's untimely death in 1999. The title sums up their unique place in American culture and their lasting legacy of inspiration: "Siskel and Ebert: Screen Fighting Men." 

You might also like:
Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

2 Comments

  • Edward Copeland | April 5, 2013 6:31 PMReply

    Well done. I haven't looked for it, but I wonder if somewhere out there is the Letterman NBC bit where he took them door-to-door in New Jersey and offer to do chores and they cleaned gutters at a woman's house.

  • Adam Atheos | April 5, 2013 9:25 PM

    Go to YouTube, search 'Siskel and Ebert-Door to Door in New Jersey'

Follow Us

Latest Tweets

Follow us

Most "Liked"

  • Waleed Zuaiter Discusses Producing and ...
  • David Gordon Green on Challenging the ...
  • Stuck in the Middle: 30 Great Films ...
  • A Video Essay On Jim Jarmusch: Dead ...