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Andrew Sarris, leading film critic and advocate for directors, has died at 83

This July 2, 2009 image shows film critic Andrew Sarris in his apartment in New York. 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, June 20, 2012 at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan after complications developed from a stomach virus. He was 83. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Fred R. Conrad) MANDATORY CREDIT: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
June 20, 2012 - 2:03 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Film critic Andrew Sarris has died.

Sarris' wife, fellow film critic Molly Haskell, said he died Wednesday morning at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan after complications developed from a stomach virus. He was 83.

Sarris helped inspire debate about countless films and filmmakers during his long run at the Village Voice. Along with such peers as Pauline Kael, his opinions were especially vital during the 1960s and 1970s, when movies became films, or even cinema, and critics and fans argued about them the way they once might have contended over paintings or novels.

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