American cinema will never be the same. Legendary film critic Stanley Kauffmann died Wednesday at the age of 97. The cause was pneumonia. The critic who defined a generation, Kauffmann came to The New Republic in 1958, after brief stints at Time and Newsweek. Kauffmann stayed with the magazine for 55 years, becoming the most constant voice in the golden age of film criticism. He was also known for his belief in cultural renaissance. “He fathered the term ‘the film generation’ to describe the rising young wave of cinephiles,” writes James Wolcott in a tribute. There will be no funeral, but rather a memorial service at The New Republic.