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An interview with film critic Andrew Sarris (1928-2012)

by David Walsh.

American film critic Andrew Sarris, who exercised a strong influence on several decades of writing and thinking about movies, died in New York City on June 20 at the age of 83. His wife, the critic and writer Molly Haskell, reported that he had been in ill health for some time.

In the 1960s, 1970s and beyond, in New York’s Village Voice in particular, Sarris consistently offered intelligent and sensitive analysis of international cinema. Avoiding, at his best, both snobbery and false populism, he treated the field with the seriousness and urgency it deserved. The critic rendered objective and insightful judgment on the French “New Wave,” Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Blake Edwards and Jerry Lewis alike.

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