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Leading film critic Andrew Sarris dies at 83

Posted By : Amit Upadhyay    At 22-03-2013 12:17:10

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Andrew Sarris, a leading movie critic during a golden age for reviewers who popularized the French reverence for directors and inspired debate about countless films and filmmakers, died Wednesday. He was 83. Mr. Sarris didn’t set out to be a film critic, he certainly didn’t set out to become anything else. From an early age, he was entranced by the movies; after college and three years in the Army, he remained vague about his career plans, and he attended as many movies as he could.No longer was the big screen just entertainment. Thanks to film studies courses and revival houses, movies were analyzed in classrooms and in cafes. It is hard to believe that some of the names in Mr. Sarris’ pantheon were ill-regarded when he began on the Voice. His first review was praise for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960), which had stirred up a firestorm of outrage.

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