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Ebert documentary "Life Itself" at Lake Theatre Sept. 17

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Bob Rakow

"Life Itself," a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert, will be shown for one day only on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Admission is $6 per person for 1 p.m. show; $8.50 per person for the 7 p.m. presentation. Steve James, who directed the documentary, will introduce the film and follow the presentation with a short question-and-answer session.

"Life Itself" (120 min.) is a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his Ebert's best-selling memoir of the same name, "Life Itself" explores the legacy of Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times and his nearly quarter-century run with colleague Gene Siskel on their review show to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Released at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the movie chronicles Ebert's inspiring battles with cancer and the resulting physical disability and how he literally and symbolically put a new face on the disease. The film features footage and interviews with Ebert during the last months of his life interspersed with interviews of his friends, colleagues and family.