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Richard Roud was the director of the London Film Festival from 1960 to 1969 and the director of the New York Film Festival from its inauguration in 1963 until 1987. A film critic at the Manchester Guardian from 1963 to 1970, Roud is also the author of three books on individual directors( Max Ophuls, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jean-Marie Straub) and editor of the two-volume Cinema: A Critical Dictionary. He died in Nîmes, France, in 1989.