"While Mekas was totally committed to the new, Andrew Sarris was the first regular movie reviewer who consistently and programmatically put current movies in their film-historical context. As Mekas illuminated the underground, Sarris explicated the past—specifically the Hollywood past—with his so-called auteur theory. He didn’t review movies, he wrote the ongoing sagas of heroic directors. (His first Voice review hailed Psycho as a great avant-garde film.) Giants still bestrode the earth, not just Hitchcock but John Ford and Howard Hawks. (If it weren’t for Sarris, who of us would have ventured to 42nd Street to see El Dorado in 1967—not the TM, that’s for sure.)"
Hoberman on Sarris. (via zachbaron)