The folks at FilmmakerIQ have put together another worthwhile lesson on film history, this time addressing the “Auteur Theory” accompanied with the following introduction:
Obviously Francois Truffaut, Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael are discussed heavily in the piece and it’s a video that offers up interesting ideas on how we judge films. Do we judge a film by the filmmaker or judge a film on its own merits? How often do we give credit to a film more for its director than for the actual film itself? In terms of today’s films I know I tend to be far more lenient when it comes to the likes of David Fincher and I’m not sure I’ll ever see a movie by Xavier Dolan and not be able to find some kind of valuable takeaway.
Personally I like Truffaut’s strict opinion of film, striving to find originality and ambition, but at the same time I think that approach can be a bit blind to what else is out there and enjoyable about cinema.
That said, people toss around the word “auteur” way too often. I think many believe to simply mean “director” as opposed to someone that puts a signature stamp on their work. As FilmmakerIQ’s John Hess says in the following video, an auteur doesn’t even have to be a director. Give the video a watch below, I’m pretty sure you’ll take away at least a few nuggets of information and perhaps you’ll even look at the next movie you see a little differently.
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