On Groucho

Roger Ebert looks back on Marx Brothers movies and his time spent with Groucho.

Ebert on his interviews with Groucho:

In two sessions separated by a couple of weeks, I heard him talk for hours at a time, always in the same way, circling his material looking for loopholes. I began to think of him as a soloist, and speech as his instrument. Like a good musician, he no longer had to think of the notes; he worked in terms of timing and the through-line, and questions did not inspire answers but improvisations.

To watch Groucho deliver lines and play with language is to truly watch a virtuoso at work. Do me a favor and watch any or all of the Marx Brothers movies.