What is auteur?. Questions of Auteurism A Case Study of Peter Weir . What is auteur?. 1 A director who make films which reflect his/her personal vision and preoccupations. 2 A director who has a distinctive style and consistent themes. SIGNATURE Vision SIGNATURE Style
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Questions of Auteurism
A Case Study of Peter Weir
1 A director who make films which reflect
his/her personal vision and preoccupations.
2 A director who has a distinctive style and
François Truffaut, ‘UneCertaine
tendence du cinémafrançaise’
(A Certain Tendency in the French
as a writer writes with his pen.”
‘CaméraStylo’(camera-pen) Alexander Astruc, ‘Naissance d’une nouvelle avant-garde’, L’EcranFrançais, 30th March, 1948
Film criticism and film studies based on auteur theory:
(1) to analysea film as a work of a single author (auteur)
(2) to identify the characteristics of a director’s work which makes him a auteur
Figures other than directors, who played a prominent role include:
Screenwriter for Vittorio De
Sica and Luchino Visconti
Shoeshines, Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D, Bellisima, etc.
Ruth Prower Jhabvala (1927 - )
Screenwriter for James Ivory
Room with a View, Howard’s End, Remains of the Day
Most important cinematographer in the 70s and 80s
The Godfather, Annie Hall, Manhattan, All the President’s Men
Greatest Japanese photographer, operated the camera and shot for Mizoguchi Kenji, Kurosawa Akira, Ichikawa Kon and Shinoda Masahiro
Rashomon, Ugetsu, Yojinbo, Tokyo Olympiad, McArthur’s Children
British film director
Established the classic editing techniques
Edited for film directors such as Anthony Asquith and Michael Powell Pygmalion, Major Barbara, 49th Parallel
French art and production designer
Le Jour se léve, Les Enfants du paradis, Le Portes de la nuit, Kiss Me Stupid, Don Giovanni, Round Midnight, Subway
Images of Japanese Women
Mizoguchi Kenji (1898 Tokyo - 1956 Kyoto)
In the SILENT era
In the PREWAR period
she is sent back home. Oharu is then sold to Shimabara as a courtesan to pay off her father’s debt. After leaving Shimabara, she is betrayed by a man who fancies her and her employer. She ends up becoming a cheap street girl.
in the days before pro-
stitution are banned.
Yasumi, the most beautiful
and successful, manipulates
customers; Mickey is an unsentimental rebel;
Michi’e supports her sick husband and a new-born
baby; Yumeko supports her son but is ashamed of
her profession; Yori’e hopes to settle into marriage
but is betrayed by her ‘fiancée’.
His films reflect: