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a film director or producer who controls a production and gives the film its unique style
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hauteur – arrogance; a haughty manner
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A filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style.
[French, from Old French autor, author; see author.]
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(Film) a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author
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a filmmaker whose films accord with the auteur theory.
[1960–65; < French: literally, author, originator < Latin auctor. See author]
au•teur′ist, adj., n.
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