Arthur Knight, 74, teacher, critic and film...


Arthur Knight, 74, teacher, critic and film scholar who opposed censorship at all levels and whose views on censorship and sex in cinema were widely sought in courtrooms, died Thursday at his home in Sydney, Australia, of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Knight's timeless "The Liveliest Art," a popular history of the cinema first published in 1957, became a widely used textbook; students in his classes at the University of Southern California included such future film giants as George Lucas, John Carpenter and John Milius. Mr. Knight critiqued films for 25 years for the Saturday Review and later for Playboy but found little that compared to the putative Golden Age of Hollywood.

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