Roger Ebert’s Life Celebrated by Movie Greats in Heart-Tugging ‘Life Itself’ Trailer (Video)

Filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog pay tribute to iconic film critic in moving glimpse of his storied career

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert is appearing on the big screen himself in the new documentary “Life Itself.”

The trailer for the Magnolia Pictures documentary, which was released Wednesday, offers a glimpse of Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism days to his inexplicable writing credit for “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” to his later cancer diagnosis that left him unable to speak.

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Iconic filmmakers Martin ScorseseErrol Morris and Werner Herzog pay tribute to the critic’s impact on moviemaking in the clip, which also explores Ebert’s relationship with Gene Siskel. The duo were seemingly always at odds, which made for some heated debate and great television as they rose to become the most important voices in film criticism.

“Life Itself,” based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same name, was directed by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and will be released July 4.

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Watch the trailer above.