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American Cinematheque to celebrate the late Roger Ebert

May 12, 2013|By Susan King
  • The American Cinematheque celebrates the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert with a new film series.
The American Cinematheque celebrates the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning… (Ethan Miller / AFP/Getty…)

Thumbs up to the American Cinematheque.

The independent, nonprofit cultural organization is paying homage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert with a new film series, "The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert."

The influential critic, who had written for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, died in April at age 70 after an 11-year struggle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands. Ebert had undergone several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors, eventually losing his jaw and his speaking voice.

The festival begins May 20 at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with Terrence Malick's elegiac 2011 drama "The Tree of Life" with Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain.

Screening Friday at the Egyptian in Hollywood is a 70-millimeter print of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 psychological masterwork, "Vertigo," starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. Orson Welles' seminal 1941 "Citizen Kane" is on tap Saturday at the Egyptian.

The series continues through Dec. 31.


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