Siskel and Ebert: A Cultural Transformation of Film Criticism

Open Access
Author:
Amerman, David Adams
Area of Honors:
Journalism
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Kevin J Hagopian, Thesis Supervisor
  • Russell Frank, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Film Criticism
  • Television
  • Movies
  • Criticism
  • Journalism
Abstract:
The following thesis will examine how Chicago film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel impacted the craft of film criticism with their TV show "Siskel & Ebert & the Movies," which ran from 1986 to 1999 and aired as "Sneak Previews" in the 1970s and as "At The Movies" in the early 1980s. The thesis will also examine what film criticism looked like before Siskel and Ebert left their mark and the state of post-Siskel and Ebert film criticism.