Yet, while a reading with Ranciere does get us out of the trap of modernist aesthetics that rely on the transparency of the medium and the authority of the author, in which auteur theory
is heavily anchored, his film theory is not without its own restrictions.
Fellini does appear at the end of Sarris's article, as part of a confirmation of the reliability of auteur theory
in ranking the "relative standing" of directors.
The closest we get to this in film studies is probably in terms of what is commonly called auteur theory
In Chapter 4, the authors concentrate on using thematic criticism and the auteur theory
in analyzing Chinatown (1974).
Such a choice of films, Badley contends, "exposes the Gothic ideologies underlying expressionism, surrealism, and, most recently, postmodern 'indie' auteurism, in which the truest auteur is the least 'healthy' and sometimes least technically competent--hence the least likely to be co-opted" (224), an argument that is a fresh addition to both film auteur theory
in general and horror film criticism especially.
Developed in the mid-twentieth century, auteur theory
focuses on the collision between "a film's 'author,' or director, and the filmic 'apparatus,' or the mechanical and ideological structure involved in a film's creation, distribution, and reception" (17).
Fitch cited the auteur theory
of insurance: because Warren Buffett is an older man, it's negativity from here on out.
, in some of its applications, focuses on the points of intersection, cooperative and combative, between the film maker and the system (or 'apparatus') in which she or he operates.
Serendipity, like Cusack's whole career, illustrates the New Auteur Theory
in action: Forget the old heroes, the people with the camera--they can't save us.
Film is 'personal', as the New Wave insisted, because each film is shaped and coloured by the particular vision of its director, and Wilson updates the sometimes romantic individualism of the original theory for a postmodern age by arguing both that the very differences between the films of an auteur display the shifting and various (rather than static and unified) nature of the creative self and that auteur theory
can accommodate the spectator's own engagement with his or her personal fantasies.
Also in the cool column is the academy's long-overdue acknowledgment of the nearly half-century-old auteur theory
, the critical touchstone by which a movie's ultimate quality is attributed to its director.
The auteur theory
teaches that this objective powers the work as a whole.