All wet: Ebert wades into water crisis

Since Charlottesville is locked in a major drought, we decided to ask Roger Ebert what he thought about the substance around which this Festival was organized.

"Water," Ebert says, "will be the most precious commodity of the 21st century, not oil, which can be replaced by other power sources."

Drawing a parallel with Enron's role in creating the California energy crisis, Ebert says that Chinatown, the movie he is dissecting this year in his scene-by-scene workshop, is "prophetic in the way it shows fortunes being built through the theft or redirection of water."


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