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(ōtör`), in film criticism, a director who so dominates the film-making process that it is appropriate to call the director the auteur, or author, of the motion picture. The auteur theory holds that the director is the primary person responsible for the creation of a motion picture and imbues it with his or her distinctive, recognizable style. Propounded most notably by the French director and film critic François TruffautTruffaut, François
, 1932–84, French film director and critic. Known in his early 20s as a writer for the influential French film journal Cahiers du Cinéma,
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 and the American film critic Andrew Sarris, it has been attacked by others, including Pauline KaelKael, Pauline
, 1919–2001, American film critic, b. Petaluma, Calif. Possessed of extremely strong opinions about movies and a feisty, pop-inflected style, Kael was noted for her provocative, passionate, and tough-minded film criticism.
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His methodology is simple yet effective: he establishes a set of films that reflect a range of masculinities as portrayed by Nicholson and then analyzes how Nicholson's performances both shape and enhance their narratives to create a body of work consistent with auteur theory.
Novelle vague referred to a creative burst of energy from these filmmakers, who through their films and writings championed the auteur theory - the idea that directors, in essence, are the authors of their movies.
He reveals an awareness of the history and controversies over the auteur theory, as he makes a case for its place in film theory today.
From the perspective of someone who has made contemporary developments in the auteur theory a major focus of research, this book has few rivals in that regard.
Madrid, Spain) examines the work of contemporary filmmakers Pedro Almodoovar, Lars von Trier, and Michael Winterbottom through auteur theory and aspects of cultural politics.
His famous "Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962," one the first statements of that theory of film authorship in this country, was conceived as a rejoinder to Andre Bazin's essay critiquing the auteur policy at Cahiers.
The auteur theory critics prefer to characterize Wyler as an outstanding ``craftsman'' rather than a great artist.
His book devotes a few pages to film industry history (1115), and takes up the auteur theory in passing (177-178), but treats both as background information; Berliner is mainly a formalist.
Topics of articles in this yearbook include agency in film, film-making and perception, the role of the makers of movies as authors, subjects, personalities and agents, cognition and creation in the cinema, the role of the actor as author, two treatments of the auteur theory and the work of Lars von Trier, studies of Ole Palsbo and Dennis Potter, and studies of the application of the auteur theory to television and games.
Film criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply," she wrote in 1963, in a precise, withering demolition of Andrew Sarris' "Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962"--"just because you must use everything you are and everything you know.