The director's authorial role in filmmaking - the extent to which a film reflects his or her individual style and creative vision - has been much debated among film critics and scholars for decades. Drawing on generations of criticism, this study describes how the designation ""auteur"" has gone from stylistic criterion to product label - in what has always been an essentially collaborative industry. Examining the controversy in relation to Hollywood directors, the author compares directors and would-be auteurs of the classic studio system with those of contemporary Hollywood and its new climate of cultural entrepreneurship.



ISBN: 9781476668734
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 340
Publication Date: 30 May 2017
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Publication City, Country: Jefferson, NC, United States
Dimensions (cm): 25.4(H) x 17.8(L)



"one of the most rewarding books I've read this year...a labor of love...work of astute and careful scholarship"--Film International.


Author Biography

Barrett Hodsdon has spent many years teaching, writing and researching in the area of film studies and associated film industry research. In the 1970s he pioneered the concept of a specialist film studies collection for the National Library of Australia. He has written on a wide variety of topics for local specialist Australian film journals covering film aesthetics, Hollywood, film genre, documentary and domestic film culture issues. He lives in North Sydney, Australia.

The Elusive Auteur: The Question of Film Authorship Throughout the Age of Cinema

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