Posted by admin On February - 17 - 2009


In a half-century of reviewing, most famously at “The Village Voice,” Sarris is the critic credited with bringing “the auteur theory” from France to America, asserting, in the 1960s, that the film director is the true artist in the process of movie-making. His book, “The American Cinema, Directors and Directions 1929-1968,” has influenced generations of critics and filmmakers. Martin Scorsese says, “It led me to see the genius in American movies.” The author of six further books on cinema, including studies of John Ford and Josef von Sternberg, Sarris is now a critic for “The New York Observer.” His reviews can be found at