Film Question

Pick any filmmaker that you would argue could be labeled as an auteur (someone whose work exerts enough artistic control over their films to reveal identifiable patterns of authorship). Identify some of the key messages of their films and discuss how the filmmaker uses some of the various style techniques we have discussed this term to get those messages across. Note that auteur theory is classically applied to directors as they typically have the most creative control over films but it can be applied to other filmmakers as well, including cinematographers, writers, and even actors.
Questions to consider:
Are the films typical examples of their genre or do they defy expectations?Do the films make similar stylistic decisions with regard to cinematography, editing and sound? Do they feature common elements of mise en scene (including casting)?How does the filmmaker’s background seem to factor in to the choices they make?What has been written about the filmmaker that might help to support your analysis? Note that auteur theory typically applies to directors, but can sometimes be used for other collaborators as well, actors, writers and cinematographers especially, if you find a strong connection between the themes or stylistic decisions in a number of their works.
You can look evenly across a filmmaker’s whole body of work, or you can choose to focus on one or two films and pick examples from some of their other films to build a comparison. It may be beneficial to choose a filmmaker whose work you are already familiar with (even if you don’t know it- take a look at who is behind some films you enjoy and you may see some repeated names).
You are strongly suggested to incorporate outside sources into this paper. Look for first hand accounts from the filmmaker themselves or accounts from those who have known/worked with them. You may use whatever sources you see fit, but know that even though you may build on analysis done by others, I will be looking for the core of your analysis as you assimilate and interpret those ideas. To that end, be sure that you identify what information is coming from which sources.
Before submitting your paper, make sure you submit your choice of filmmaker to the discussion board below along with a sentence or two on why you think you might think of this person as an auteur.

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