Leading film critic Andrew Sarris has died at 83

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[June 21, 2012]  NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

[Associated Press; By HILLEL ITALIE]

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