Roger and thee: What not to ask Ebert
Roger Ebert's scene-by-scene seminars have been a Charlottesville mainstay since 1992 when he dissected Citizen Kane. But if you're planning to attend Roger Ebert's scene-by-scene seminar on Chinatown, be forewarned. The famed critic loves inquisitive audience interruption– but he doesn't love every question. The Hook asked him which questions he dreads.
"People sometimes ask me what I thought of a recent movie, which is another way of saying, 'I didn't care enough to read your review, but don't mind taking your time now.'"
And that's not all that riles the reviewer.
"I also cringe," says Ebert, "when people 'interpret' a film by finding points of correspondence between it and their own pet theory. i.e., Mulholland Drive is 'really' Don Quixote."
[Ebert's 1992 seminar seems to have inspired the career of Emily Couric's son, Jeff Wadlow. Read the interview with Wadlow under "Facetime."]