Richard Stanley Roud was an American writer on film and co-founder, with Amos Vogel, and a former program director and latterly director of the New York Film Festival from 1963 to 1987.
Roud graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1950, and after spending a year in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship, undertook post-graduate study at the University of Birmingham. In the 1950s, Roud became the London correspondent of the French film magazine Cahiers du cinÃ©ma. In the early 1960s, he was the director of the London Film Festival, and from 1963 to 1969, he was film critic for The Guardian of London, and latterly a roving arts correspondent for the newspaper. He also wrote annual reports from the Cannes Film Festival, and other articles, for the British film publication Sight and Sound.
Richard Roud's books include Cinema - A Critical Dictionary - The Major Film-Makers, a two-volume work which he edited; A Passion for Film, a biography of Henri Langlois, the former director of the CinÃ©mathÃ¨que FranÃ§aise; and two books on nouvelle vague directors Straub and Godard. He was made a Knight in the French Legion of Honor in 1979.
Mr. Roud was the recipient of the National Society of Film Critics Awards Special Award in January, 1988.