Dilys Powell, the influential film critic of Britain’s Sunday Times, has died at the age of 93 after a career spanning 71 years, the newspaper said.
Powell, who died June 3, started reviewing films for the paper in 1939 in an age when critics were held in awe by studios. She thought it would be a short-term job.
Veteran British actor Dirk Bogarde recalled how amazed he was when Powell finally gave unstinting praise to one of his films.
“I don’t know just how many actors hung on the lines of her piece in the Sunday Times,” he wrote in the paper. “Nobody else’s opinion was as important to me as hers.”
Powell was fondest of films from the 1940s. She loved “Citizen Kane” and said “Casablanca” was “pictorially often lovely and directed with considerable spirit.”