TV’s Movie Men

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Remembering Gene. On the 10th Anniversary of his death, Roger Ebert looks back on the life of Gene Siskel. A more moving tribute is seldom read.

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“We both thought of ourselves as full-service, one-stop film critics. We didn’t see why the other one was quite necessary. We had been linked in a Faustian television format that brought us success at the price of autonomy. No sooner had I expressed a verdict on a movie, my verdict, than here came Siskel with the arrogance to say I was wrong, or, for that matter, the condescension to agree with me. It really felt like that. It was not an act. When we disagreed, there was incredulity; when we agreed, there was a kind of relief.

In the television biz, they talk about “chemistry.” Not a thought was given to our chemistry. We just had it, because from the day the Chicago Tribune made Gene its film critic, we were professional enemies. We never had a single meaningful conversation before we started to work on our TV program. Alone together in an elevator, we would study the numbers changing above the door.”

 

Chicago Sun Times

 

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~ by eaesthete on 02/20/09.

One Response to “TV’s Movie Men”

  1. …and the balcony is closed. It’s hard not to read this without crying and remembering. What a team they were. By the way, this is on Roger’s site so read the comments too.

    Thanks EA for posting this.

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