Here’s another fitting tribute to late film critic Roger Ebert, and one that should be of particular interest to Criticwire readers in Los Angeles. The American Cinematheque in L.A. announced a new monthly series at both their Egyptian and Aero theaters featuring many of Ebert’s favorite films. It’s called “The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert” — so named for Ebert’s long-running biweekly column (and three volume book series) on classics of world cinema. From the Cinematheque’s description of the program:
“Ebert became more prolific and more thoughtful with every passing year, publishing some of his best criticism after illness left him unable to speak and often bedridden; a tireless supporter of everything from obscure foreign festival films to stylish Hollywood franchises, his passions were both broad and deep. In the coming months, the American Cinematheque will pay tribute to Roger Ebert with screenings of his favorite films, beginning with ‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘Vertigo,’ and ‘Citizen Kane.'”
I’d recommend L.A. film nerds pay particularly close attention to the “Vertigo” screening that kicks things off on Friday, May 24th as the Cinematheque’s showing it not only on film, but in 70mm to boot. One of my all-time favorite moviegoing experiences was seeing 1983’s “Brainstorm” in 70mm at the Egyptian as part of an entire series dedicated to 70mm movies. The projection was absolutely incredible — and I’m sure this screening of Hitchcock’s masterpiece will be no different.
Look for more “The Great Movies” screenings in the coming months. If they’re really going with Ebert’s true favorites, I’d say the series absolutely needs to include “Gates of Heaven,” “Hoop Dreams,” “Ikiru,” and “Dark City.” And, if it’s really going to be Ebert’s happening, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.”
Read more of “The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert.”
[H/T Movie City News]