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auteur

(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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Auteurism not only changed the way people thought about movies, it also empowered aspiring directors.
Coppola's story stands out here in his tactical approach to refining auteurism.
Like Van Sant, Cuaron paid his dues carefully in the system with genre films, all of which are well-made, but none bearing the stanch markers of auteurism, and none prominently featuring the long take.
Repudiating Simone Murray's viewpoint, Scholz believes that the relationship between auteurism and culture is of paramount importance (4).
Wollen's success with this attempt, in one of the three essays comprising Signs and Meaning in Cinema, might have been short-lived (structuralist auteurism had the life span of a fruit fly) but it still contributed to that book's exemplary status.
Something larger and more loaded with social implications than auteurism is taking place in films like Lee Jonghyuk's H (2002), which pinches plenty of cues from The Silence of the Lambs but is an infinitely less formulaic, cliche-ridden film, and Old Boy (2003), Park Chan-wook's diabolically wrought story of revenge by hypnosis, which, in its suggestions of infinitely malleable human consciousness, seems, like Kurosawa's films, a reflection of the inorganic, technological colonization of societies formerly based on animistic religion and rigidly traditional family life.
The preoccupation with the personal style of directors is often called auteurism.
Christensen ties this troubling rise of 'corporate rights' not to the increase of obscene content, but to the undefined legal culpability of studios and the subsequent appropriation of single-person auteurism as "the perfect alibi for malfunctioning.
Barbara Mennel, another German-focused film scholar, has placed Akin film-historically as a self-consciously transnational auteur who draws on the (mostly US) genre of the "ghetto film" and the tradition of directorial auteurism ("Bruce Lee in Kreuzberg and Scarface in Altona").
2) As a methodology, auteurism has fallen in and out of favor, but it has a tendency for reappearing as new directors continue to establish themselves as the major stylistic and thematic center of a film's identity.
THE EMERGENCE OF ED WOOD as ironic culture hero--a status cemented by Tim Burton's bemused Hollywood biopic--just about permanently blurred the line between auteurism and autism.
Taken together, the two films are a gift to auteurism.