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.
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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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