au·​teur | \ ō-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce auteur (audio) , -ˈtər \

Definition of auteur

1 : a film director whose practice accords with the auteur theory broadly : director sense c
2 : an artist (such as a musician or writer) whose style and practice are distinctive

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Other Words from auteur

auteurist \ ō-​ˈtər-​ist How to pronounce auteurist (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of auteur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But where his was grounded in the modish styles of that period, Piccioli gave his designs an otherworldly element akin to the costumes in The Great Ziegfeld by Robert Z. Leonard, another auteur who brought glamour to the silver screen. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Suspends Reality with Its Dreamy Fall 2020 Couture Collection," 21 July 2020 Though George Miller, the auteur behind the Mad Max series, used the freedom of animation to do all kinds of sweeping camerawork that would’ve been impossible in real life, the cutesy plotting was pat and unoriginal. David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Movies That Are Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before," 23 May 2020 The auteurs of Herz’s generation made audacious films that mix absurdism and the grotesque in oblique allegories of life under totalitarianism. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 Philip Kaufman, the auteur behind such films as The Right Stuff and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, is being honored this week with a lifetime tribute at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Right Stuff' Filmmaker Philip Kaufman Set for Lifetime Tribute From Cinémathèque Française," 6 Mar. 2020 The forty-five-year-old showrunner, producer, and writer Kenya Barris wants to be the commercial auteur of this identity paranoia. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "More Money More Problems in Kenya Barris’s “#blackAF”," 27 Apr. 2020 One hundred years after his birth, the Italian auteur remains influential in world cinema FROM VIA VENETO to ancient Rome, from circuses to fascist rallies, no one has captured the Bel Paese on screen in quite the same fashion as Federico Fellini. The Economist, "Beyond neorealism Federico Fellini’s beautiful confusion," 20 Jan. 2020 None of this is to say that Pera is the hard-driving auteur of the series. Tyler Aquilina,, "Joe Pera talks with EW: Why Adult Swim's gentlest comedy is essential, beautiful viewing," 7 Dec. 2019 Long tied to the explosive, intensely audiovisual aesthetics of popcorn auteur Michael Bay, the franchise broke away from its prototypical sound and fury for this surprisingly rich, nostalgic entry. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on Hulu while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of auteur

1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for auteur

French, originator, author, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor — more at author

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The first known use of auteur was in 1962

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10 Aug 2020

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“Auteur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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