Andrew Sarris, a film critic famous for his support of the European auteur theory, which states that a film holds the director’s personal vision, has passed away at the age of 83 in New York. His wife, Molly Haskell, also a film critic, says he died due to complications of a stomach virus.
Growing up in Queens, NY with his Greek mother, Sarris went on to write for prominent publications, including the Village Voice and New York Observer. His reviews during the 1960s and 1970s sparked much debate, establishing him as a film critic who didn’t just write for entertainment but also for real value. Considered one of the first to initiate “Top 10″ lists and deep-rooted discussions, he celebrated filmmaking and filmmakers, providing audiences with a new take on how to watch movies. He wrote several books and also taught courses at Columbia, New York University and Yale.