auteur theory

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auteur theory

n.
Belief in the primary creative importance of the director in filmmaking, often combined with a critical advocacy of the works of certain strong, distinctive directors whose films have a consistent theme or style. Also called auteurism.

auteur′ the`ory


n.
the theory that the director is the chief creator of a film and thereby gives it a distinctive individual style.
[1960–65]
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Although it remains a pillar of France's auteur film world, with nine Oscars and six Palmes d'Or under its belt, Wild Bunch had so much trouble securing financing for its 2016 lineup that over the summer it sought the help of a consultant to put together a deal, Variety has learned.
The director of an auteur film leaves a recognizable imprint on all his or her films.
Les Boris Debarras won for Best Picture, and I remember being very impressed that a quality auteur film had triumphed over some more obvious commercial alternatives.
Someone named Dominique Lescure offers qualified praise for Far From China, which was ostensibly screened in England on several occasions in late 2000 and early 2001: "This," he writes in part, "is what we French call an auteur film, and if you like those films of the Nouvelle Vague, you will .
Perhaps we remember Micheaux not only because he was America's first auteur film maker but also because we, too, have accepted Micheaux's struggles to redefine himself as a success rather than as a failure, itself the ideal of Western drama.
commerce arguments are turned on their head as an auteur "label" is adduced as a contributing factor if not a necessary requirement in a film' s commercial success: "So much is this so that even at the risk of exaggeration it can be claimed nowadays that an auteur film in principle almost guarantees success.
Podeswa ran into the downside of the old OFDC / Telefilm model: "There were two kinds of films that could get made: either a large, obviously commercial film or a small, auteur film by a relatively unknown filmmaker" The young filmmaker wanted to direct a campy performance-art musical.
The result is unquestionably an auteur film, but one festooned with so many bad and unnecessary ideas that one can't help wondering if a more modest, hemmed-in version of the same project might not have proved more effective.
As an art house treatment of pop culture, it echoes the cinematic concerns of other more conventional films, not least the auteur film generated in Turkey over the last decade or so.
And hunky Roy Dupuis, who barely works in the province anymore, told an interviewer he'd like to shoot an auteur film just to prove they still exist.
Denis Villeneuve has crossed over to make commercial films," says du Toit, noting that "Prisoners" may be mainstream entertainment but is still an auteur film.
Summary: Though the individual tends to be at the heart of cinema, it's not unusual for film - even auteur film - to turn its cameras on society.