3. Andrew Sarris
Publications: Film Culture, The Village Voice, NY Film Bulletin, The New York Observer
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Every cinematic shotcaller working today, whether independent or major, owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Andrew Sarris. Strong-minded and blessed with the gift of fluid prose, the late Brooklyn-born writer is best remembered for his classic 1968 tome The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968, an exhaustive, opinionated dissection of pre-'68 sound films broken down by the individual filmmakers.
In The American Cinema, Sarris fully developed the influential auteur theory, bringing the daring pro-director beliefs practiced by the many great critics working for France's Cahiers du Cinéma and popularizing them in the United States.