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Department
Film Studies
Course
CIN2101
Professor
Florian Grandena
Semester
Winter

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CIN 2190: Lecture #7 March 8th 2013  Auteur theory  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?  The filmmaker(s)  The screenwriter(s)  The producer(s)  The actor(s)  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  world.  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.  Two Prolems:  1. scuh adaptations do no respect the
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