Be Seeing You, Roger Ebert

To my mind Roger Ebert, “film critic since time immemorial”, did his best work in the last years of his life, after losing the ability to speak.  In this 2009 installment of Roger Ebert’s Journal, he wrote about his childhood pets and how he longed for decades to have another dog:

Every time I see a dog in a movie, I think the same thing: I want that dog. I see Skip or Lucy or Shiloh and for a moment I can’t even think about the movie’s plot. I can only think about the dog.  I want to hold it, pet it, take it for walks, and tell it what a good dog it is. I want to love it, and I want it to love me.


I want to make its life a joy. I want to scratch behind its ears, and on its belly when it rolls over. I want to gently extend its tail so the dog can tell it’s a fine tail indeed.

Mr. Ebert died today at the age of 70.

Still from the 1996 film "Shiloh".
Still from the 1996 film “Shiloh”.

5 thoughts on “Be Seeing You, Roger Ebert

  1. When I see an animal especially a dog in a movie, I immediately start worrying how is the dog gonna die, I am just holding my breath waiting for that to happen. When the movie ends and the dog is still alive, I start breathing again, if the dog dies, Im usually sobbing away forgetting about the movie. Its crazy I know butthats what I do.

    1. Me, too! I don’t shed nearly that many tears — if any– when a human is killed onscreen, but I blubber if an animal is killed or mistreated.

  2. A good man – I loved his reviews always and his writings after his illness were often deeply moving. Lovely tribute here.

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