Andrew Sarris, Longtime Observer Film Critic, Dies at 83

In one of his final reviews for this newspaper, of the Japanese film Departures, Mr. Sarris wrote: “The ultimate beauty of the film rests in its symbolic details that bridge the abyss between the living and the dead. As the French might say, it is to make one cry.” Also a professor at Columbia University, Mr. Sarris left behind a body of criticism at this newspaper, available here, that broadened the moviegoing habits of many readers.