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 (ō-tûr′, ō-tœr′)
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.]


(Film) a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author
[French: author]
auˈteurism n
auˈteurist adj



a filmmaker whose films accord with the auteur theory.
[1960–65; < French: literally, author, originator < Latin auctor. See author]
au•teur′ism, n.
au•teur′ist, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.auteur - a filmmaker who has a personal style and keeps creative control over his or her worksauteur - a filmmaker who has a personal style and keeps creative control over his or her works
film maker, film producer, filmmaker, movie maker - a producer of motion pictures


[ɔːˈtɜːr] n (= film director) → grand(e) réalisateur/trice m/f
film d'auteur → film d'auteur
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He explores the historical evolution and foundations of the idea of authorship and the foundation of auteurism in film criticism through Cahiers du Cinema and the writings of Andrew Sarris; the principles underlying the practice of auteur criticism, including agency and cultural mediation, as well as authorship in art cinema and the avant-garde; the director in the classic Hollywood system and the relationships of would-be auteur-directors with other factors of production and different creative contributors, as well as the implications of the hierarchy of directorship in the studio system; examples of Cecil B.
L'attaquant international algerien, Baghdad Bounedjah, auteur de cinq buts lors de la victoire de son equipe Al-Sadd contre Al-Arabi (7-0) jeudi soir en championnat qatari de football, a rejoint le Marocain Youcef El Arabi (Lekhouiya) en tete du classement des buteurs avec 21 realisations chacun.
Ilka Brombach's 2014 monograph offers a new reading of German auteur cinema by breaking with auteur theory and alternatively embracing Rancierean aesthetics.
In France this was due to the preferential prejudices of those critics (who favored Rossellini over Fellini), and in the United States because of Fellini's undermining of the auteur theory as formulated by Andrew Sarris.
The auteur has not been traditionally defined as fully counter to the industry, but most often as a somehow exceptional representation of it--simultaneously both inside and outside.
I present a new type of AD for auteur and artistic films: auteur description, which incorporates the director's creative vision in the AD script through the use of a screenplay (or other available materials, such as interviews and reviews) and thus gives the audio describer the artistic license to depart from the dictate of objectivism.
Sdoune (CODM Meknes) a boucle la course en 3h 43:43 devant Adel Reda (Amal Kenitra) auteur de 3h 44: 22 et Adil Jelloul (AS Casablanca) avec un temps de 3h 45:34.
Veuillez inclure une lettre de presentation en precisant les coordonnees de l'auteur principal ainsi qu'une notice biographique d'une phrase (incluant titres de competences, titre du poste actuel et lieu de travail) pour chaque auteur.
For Bertolucci, and other helmers across Europe, the template for auteur 3D is being set by both Herzog's docu "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," about the prehistoric art in Gaul's Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc, and "Pina," the Wenders docu about Pina Bausch, the late German modern dance pioneer.
Nevertheless, Assayas uses the narrative and visual style of the auteur to develop for the viewer an understanding of the machinations, personal and ideological, that drove Sanchez to associate with deviant personalities, and to commit malevolent acts of violence.
As the leading man and director of this novels adventures he is quite simply an auteur.
Madrid, Spain) examines the work of contemporary filmmakers Pedro Almodoovar, Lars von Trier, and Michael Winterbottom through auteur theory and aspects of cultural politics.