auteur theory


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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Recent Examples on the Web According to DuVernay’s politically correct auteur theory, filmmakers are distinguished by their ethnicity and gender. Armond White, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 Indeed, to talk the auteur theory talk, film critics needed a facility in film technique and a solid grounding in motion picture history. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 The auteur theory of Oscar broadcasts asserted itself last night with a giddy vengeance. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2021 Even at the time, some cinephiles perceived Kael’s essay as an effort to discredit the auteur theory, the then-ascendant notion that the best directors were responsible for the stylistic imprints of their films. New York Times, 6 Dec. 2020 Kael waved a banner for Mankiewicz, a former New Yorker critic himself, in her career-long crusade against the auteur theory. Amy Nicholson, Town & Country, 5 Dec. 2020 And auteur theory had little time for creative figures other than the director. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2019 In 1968, the world went up in flames, the auteur theory ignited debate, parental guidance at the movies was suggested, women in film were on the verge of a breakthrough, flesh-eating zombies hit the screen and American movies went to war (again). New York Times, 17 May 2018 The second emphasizes the collaborative nature of filmmaking, refuting experts who spent years promoting the auteur theory, which elevates directors—virtually all male—to the highest power in the equation. Donna Rifkind, WSJ, 12 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of auteur theory

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Auteur theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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