CIN 2190: Lecture #7 March 8th 2013
Francois Truffaut’s manifesto: a certain tendency of French cinema
Andrew Sarris mis translated “la politique des quteurs” into “auteur theory”
You must have a real understanding of film language and scriptwriting/playwright
Truffaut was critical of literary works that were made into films he said they betrayed the novels.
His argument for films written by film “people”
Who is the film’s main creator?
A combination of these?
Truffaut believed that the filmmaker should be the recognized role for the credit of making the film
Cahier du cinema writers and critics
One of the main arguments: despite Hollywood’s industrial organization and domination over the creative
process, specific filmmakers voice could still be heard.
Filmmakers did no have a lot of power at this time they must make as many films in a quota , maximum
profit they had to film a movie in a very short time, very specific playwright, certain budget
Despite industrial standardization, film=personal expression, vehicle of a filmmakers personal view of the
Alexandra Astruc “camera pen”: The filmmaker could use a film as his/her pen.
Personal expression through miseen scene (the supposedly central place of screenwriters is then
challenged): lighting, staging, camera movements
The story is made/written through the camera
Truffaut condemns screenwriters powerful position in French cinema as well as their penchant for screen
adaptations of famous French novels.
1. scuh adaptations do no respect the