Auteur definition

ō-tûr, ō-tœr
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A filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style.
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A film director with a distinctive personal style.
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The primary creator of a film, esp. the director.
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The definition of auteur is a person who is so involved in its development that his creative vision is evident in the film.

A film director with his own unique style of movie is an example of an auteur.

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A creative artist, especially a film director, seen as having a specific, recognisable artistic vision, and who is seen as the single or preeminent ‘author’ of his works.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
auteur
Plural:
auteurs

Origin of auteur

  • French from Old French autor author author

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French auteur (“author”). Popularised by François Truffaut in the 1954 essay “Une certaine tendance du cinéma français” (“A certain tendency in French cinema”) in the influential film journal Cahiers du cinéma as the phrase “la politique des Auteurs”.

    From Wiktionary