auteur theory

au·teur theory

noun \ō-ˈtər-\

Definition of AUTEUR THEORY

:  a view of filmmaking in which the director is considered the primary creative force in a motion picture

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auteur theory

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Theory that holds that a film's director is its “author” (French, auteur). It originated in France in the 1950s and was promoted by Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and the journal Cahiers du Cinéma. The director oversees and “writes” the film's audio and visual scenario and therefore is considered more responsible for its content than the screenwriter. Supporters maintain that the most successful films bear the distinctive imprint of their director.


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