In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Thumb alpha poster

Alpha

There’s a pleasant, old-fashioned feel to Alpha.

Thumb minding gap

Minding the Gap

It would be impressive even without the palpable sense of connection and understanding that Liu brings to the material, but its easygoing intimacy is what…

Other Reviews
Review Archives
Thumb xbepftvyieurxopaxyzgtgtkwgw

Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other Articles
Chaz's Journal Archives
Other Articles
Blog Archives
Primary screen shot 2018 04 04 at 2.16.00 pm

Video: Roger Ebert on Empathy

In honor of today's inaugural Day4Empathy, we are sharing the following video featuring Roger Ebert's speech on empathy, delivered in July of 2005 at the dedication of his plaque outside the Chicago Theatre. Also included in the video is footage of the memorial held at the same venue for Roger following his passing on April 4th, 2013. Accompanying the video is the transcript of Roger's words (which can be viewed at the 0:45 mark)...

“We are all born with a certain package. We are who we are. Where we were born, who we were born as, how we were raised. We are kind of stuck inside that person, and the purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize a little bit with other people, find out what makes them tick, what they care about. For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. If it’s a great movie, it lets you understand a little bit more about what it’s like to be a different gender, a different race, a different age, a different economic class, a different nationality, a different profession, different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us. And that, to me, is the most noble thing that good movies can do and it’s a reason to encourage them and to support them and to go to them.”

Roger Tribute from The Mint on Vimeo.

Advertisement

Popular Blog Posts

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

Why M:I - Fallout is the Least Accomplished Mission Yet

With "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," Christopher McQuarrie has now made the best and worst "M:I" movies to date.

Aretha Franklin: 1942-2018

A tribute to the Queen of Soul.

RogerEbert.com Gender Balances Roster of Film Critics to Uplift Diverse Voices

An article about five male and five female writers who are gender balancing RogerEbert.com's regular rotation of film...

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus