FILM ch 11 - auteur theory
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Although a number of writers rejected the theory as simplistic, (1)________ dominated film criticism throughout the (2)____s, and is still a prominent approach among critics.
Auteurism proposed that the greatest movies are...
dominated by the personal vision of the director.
Auteur critics claimed that what makes a good film is not...
- the subject matter as such, but it's stylistic treatment.
- The director dominates the treatment, provided s/he is a strong director, an auteur.
The auteurists argued that the best movies are...
dialectical, in which the conventions of a genre are held in aesthetic tension with the personality of the artist
The most gifted American directors of the studio era were...
producer-directors who worked independently within major studios.
The auteur theory suffers from a number of other weaknesses. There are some...
excellent films that have been made by directors who are otherwise mediocre.
The auteur theory emphasizes...
history and a director's total output, which tends to favor older directors at the expense of newcomers.
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