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Caryn James

Irreplaceable Andrew. Watch 'Andrew Sarris: Critic in Focus,' An Eloquent, Recent Short

  • By Caryn James
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  • June 25, 2012 3:10 PM
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Andrew Sarris’ most recognizable influence may have been The American Cinema, the book that established the auteur theory’s importance. But it was his endlessly-searching intelligence that made him so vital to the last days of his wonderfully long career. The Andrew I knew as a critic and a friend -- and it was a great gift to have known him -- is visible in Andrew Sarris: Critic in Focus, a short by Casimir Nozkowski centered around an interview with Andrew in late 2010. As you’ll see, it captures his wit, warmth and generosity, the personal qualities that always shaped his writing. And it displays one of the essential qualities of a great critic -- he was fearless about revisiting movies and revising opinions, always looking for something new, ready to discover another favorite.

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