Two Weeks in the Midday Sun:
A Cannes Notebook by Roger Ebert
University of Chicago Press, 2016; 200 pp
Reviewed by Charlie Riccardelli
Reading Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook is a reminder of what a great loss the film community experienced in 2013 with the death of the book’s author Roger Ebert. The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic rightfully earned accolades throughout his career for his keen insight into films and the graceful, conversational way in which he engaged his devoted fans around the world. Ebert wrote essays and criticism worthy of revisiting, and the University of Chicago Press has thankfully reissued his book Two Weeks in the Midday Sun. The book, a journal of Ebert’s experiences at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, is witty and beautifully observed, embracing the absurdities of cinema’s most famous festival amidst the chaotic, sleep-deprived parties and screenings. Many of the movies covered have been forgotten, but Ebert’s journalistic joie de vivre transcends the topics discussed. If only we had more than two weeks to read about.