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The Auteur Theory of Film. The role of the film director. Among all the people and tools that are part of the filmmaking process, what is the role of the director?. Definition of Auteur Theory What does auteur theory mean?. Compares the film director to the author of a book.

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the auteur theory of film

The Auteur Theory of Film

The role of the film director

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Among all the people and tools that are part of the filmmaking process, what is the role of the director?

definition of auteur theory what does auteur theory mean
Definition of Auteur TheoryWhat does auteur theory mean?
  • Compares the film director to the author of a book.
  • Attributes artistic control to the director.
  • Proposes that the film is the artistic project of the director primarily. His or her vision, creativity, and design determine the end result, the finished film.
derivation of auteur theory where did the theory originate
Derivation of Auteur TheoryWhere did the theory originate?
  • Originally a French cinematic theory that emerged during the New Wave Cinema movement of the 50s & 60s.
exceptions to auteur theory
Exceptions to Auteur Theory
  • Not all Directors are autonomous, in control, in charge
  • Not all Directors have a comprehensive vision for their films
  • Other more powerful interests can overpower or overrule the Director: - Producer(s) with financial say - Larger-than-life actors - Production studio
auteur theory is dominant
Auteur Theory is Dominant

Scorsese

Hitchcock

Truffaut

Altman

Kurosawa

Spielberg

Capra

Allen

Kubrick

directors and their films
Directors and Their Films

Stanley Kubrick •Paths of Glory, 1957 •Spartacus, 1960 •Lolita, 1962 •Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964 •2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 •A Clockwork Orange,1971 •Barry Lyndon,1975 •The Shining, 1980 •Full Metal Jacket 1987 •Eyes Wide Shut, 1999

Akira Kurosawa •Rashomon, 1951 •Ikiru, 1952 •The Seven Samurai, 1954 •Throne of Blood, 1957 •Yojimbo, 1961 •High and Low, 1963 •Kagemusha, 1980 •Ran, 1985 •Dreams, 1990

the film project
The Film Project
  • Who’s in control here anyway?The director, of course.