Paul Arthur: 60, Film Historian and Critic, Dies

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Paul Arthur, a film historian, scholar and critic well known for writing about American avant-garde cinema and documentaries, died on Tuesday at his home in White Plains. He was 60.

The cause was melanoma, for which he had just started treatment, said Karen Arthur, his former wife.

A professor of English and film studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he had been named a distinguished scholar for 2007-8, Mr. Arthur had a decades-long passionate involvement with the American avant-garde film scene.

He was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Illinois and New Jersey. He studied English at Tufts University and film at New York University, from which he received his doctorate in cinema studies in 1985. He taught at New York University, Bard College, the University of Southern California and the Otis Art Institute at the Parsons School of Design.

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