auteur

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

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

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But unlike the New Wave’s auteurs, Renoir (1894-1979) had his doubts about cinema’s importance. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Dad Left a Big Impression: The Renoir Family Inheritance," 30 May 2018 Who will win: Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón, the auteur with whom the Academy has a longtime love affair (Y Tu Mamá Tambien, Children of Men, Gravity). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Should Win at the Oscars vs. Who Will Win," 20 Feb. 2019 Accordingly, the books included in this year’s guide have something for everyone, from dog lovers to garden enthusiasts; from American art legends to cinematic auteurs; even a window into North Korea. Emily Rosser, Vogue, "The Best Photo Books to Give (and Get) This Holiday Season," 23 Nov. 2018 Dafoe has worked with scores of the most important directors in the industry, collaborating repeatedly with auteurs like Lars Von Trier, Paul Schrader, and Wes Anderson. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh," 14 Nov. 2018 Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and it’s directed by auteur Stanley Kubrick. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 2018 Claire’s Camera is the 20th film from the South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, whose work regularly features that vague air of cosmic mystery. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Claire's Camera and the Beguiling Films of Hong Sang-soo," 8 Mar. 2018 The grand diorama under-scored that inside that historic hall on the Champs-Elysées Lagerfeld is both couturier and auteur, master of the mise-en-scène. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 After years of failing to secure release dates in China, the auteur's cricitally acclaimed work is finally finding an audience at home. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jia Zhangke's 'Ash Is Purest White' to Get Wide Release in China," 24 May 2018

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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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