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auteur

Line breaks: au¦teur
Pronunciation: /əʊˈtəː
 
, ɔː-/

Definition of auteur in English:

noun

A film director who influences their films so much that they rank as their author.
Example sentences
  • The creative force behind the film wasn't an auteur, a cinematic genius.
  • But either way, I think we're all in agreement that some commercial product directed by noted auteurs, whether successful or not, is often doing artistic things that go unrecognized by many critics and moviegoers.
  • While younger action film auteurs put the viewer in the center of the action, Bond films continued to relegate their audiences to the sidelines, watching stunts as passive observers.

Origin

1960s: from French, literally 'author'.

Derivatives

auteurism

1
noun
Example sentences
  • As film studies grope beyond auteurism towards a greater recognition of the importance of collaboration and versatility, their contribution might be more generously acknowledged.
  • One of the frameworks inevitably embraced as one comes to understand movies is auteurism.
  • His work takes auteurism to new and exciting heights, though outside of Canada he remains relatively unknown save for the art-house circuit.

auteurist

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • But I associated him with the auteurist moment in film criticism, and I wanted to pick someone like Nicholas Ray or Minnelli, who had been important to the French in the 1950s.
  • I still utilize an auteurist model (as most critics do when talking about films, even if they don't necessarily attribute the auteur to the director, it can be collectivized, etc.) because the auteur is a useful organizing principle.
  • Still, auteurist aims are diverse enough that it's still possible to find filmmakers who have chosen to go down less traveled paths.

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