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Remembering Gene Siskel

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 19, 2009

Roger Ebert offers a loving remembrance of his friend and colleague Gene Siskel on the 10th anniversary of his death.

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.

We Work Remotely

An incredible archive of all the televised

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 18, 2007

An incredible archive of all the televised reviews of Siskel and Ebert (and Roeper) after 1986. Here, for example, is Siskel and Ebert’s review of Die Hard from 1988. (thx, martin)