Siskel & Ebert: the episode that started it all

Posted by · 11:27 am · February 16th, 2011

One of the things I’ll likely take away from this crazy season, more than the back-biting and the intensity of the race, more, even, than the films I loved, is Roger Ebert’s continued resurgence as one of the most vital voices of our community.  His energy hit a new level last year with elevated output via his blog and a big splash on Twitter, and this year, he reclaimed “At the Movies” with two polished hosts at the helm.

Now comes this.  Ebert announced via Twitter yesterday, “Thanks to the Library of Congress and some fans, the earliest years of Siskel & Ebert are online.”  And now, for posterity, we have SiskelandEbert.org, packed with classic episodes of the duo’s film review segments going all the way back to that first back-and-forth over “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 35 years ago.

I’ve included that episode after the jump, but head on over there if you want to dive into the history books.  A true delight for all film fans.




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  • 1 2-16-2011 at 12:16 pm

    Jim T said...

    Pretty incredible to watch Siskel and Ebert talking about One Flew.., Dogday Afternoon and a Fassbinder film among others when they were just released!
    That Mosquito short was genius!

    Thanks for this.

  • 2 2-16-2011 at 12:32 pm

    Marv said...

    To think; there was a time when Jack Nickleson was considered “Always the Bridesmaid and never the Bride” when it came to the Academy Awards; according to Roger Ebert.

    Cool video!

  • 3 2-16-2011 at 12:36 pm

    Marv said...

    In my opionion. Nickleson probrably should have won for “Chinatown.” But they gave the Lifetime Acheivement Award / Lead Actor to Art Carney for “Harry And Tonto.”

  • 4 2-17-2011 at 12:28 am

    bluemoon02 said...

    speaking about Chinatown. Did Ellen Burstyn deserrved to have won over Faye Dunaway that year? Pray share!

  • 5 2-17-2011 at 1:06 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    @ bluemoon02: Honestly, the five Best Actress nominees that year were all so exemplary that any of them winning would have been a high point in the category. Having said that, Dunaway and Rowlands gave better performances than Burstyn.