Roger Ebert on Ozu
We will miss our friend Roger Ebert, who died yesterday at age seventy. In honor of this very special man and most beloved and influential of film critics, we would like to share with you the first four minutes of his commentary track for Yasujiro Ozu’s Floating Weeds, an entry in his ever-growing “Great Movies” list; watching and listening to this clip, we were really struck by the sense of being with him in a room and getting to see cinema through his eyes. In it, Ebert conveys his passion, intellect, and humility, his love for cinema in general and Ozu in particular. Just hearing his voice again moves us.