ANDREW SARRIS. NOTES ON THE AUTEUR THEORY IN IN-0,2. HD der- As far as I know, there is no definition of the auteur theory in the. Early work of Andrew Sarris on Auteur theory by john_hess_2 in Types > Creative Writing, history, and film. ANDREW SARRIS. NOTES ON THE AUTEUR THEORY IN a. As far as I know, there is no definition of the auteur theory in the English lan-. A guage, that is.

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After noting these consequences of the auteur theory Sarris notes however that he intends to praise the auteur theory. Thee a given number of films, a pattern is established.

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Criticism of the auteur theory often stems from a misunderstanding of its “dogmatic” nature. Kael, in characteristically sardonic and bitchy style, explains that:. She’s currently lecturing at the University of Bradford and working on her PhD in film, focusing on American experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage.

Kael proceeds by exploring the three premises or criterion of judgement that Sarris sets out.

Alfred Hitchcock is seem as a prime example of an auteur and Sarris would agree because Hitchcock satisfies all three of the auteur theory criteria.

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Kael goes on to add:. Introductory Readings2nd Edition, Oxford: I will indicate where I feel both critics have got things right and got things wrong. He also identified second—and third—tier directors, downplaying the work of Billy WilderDavid Leanand Stanley Kubrickamong others. In essence Kael is arguing that the distinguishable personality of a director is a poor choice for criterion of judgement. A Hollywood director may not be allowed to choose their subject matter — they may hate making gangster films — or the leading star, but they do, according to Sarris, author the film the same way a non-Hollywood director does.


To Kael, Sarris concentrates on what is established, unoriginal in a work and ignores new ideas, one-offs and innovations. As Kael notes artists have always re-used older material.

Later he remembered, ” The Voice had all these readers—little old ladies who lived on the West Side, guys who had fought in the Spanish Civil War—and this seemed so regressive to them, to say that Hitchcock was a great artist”. Not everyone was on board with this! But it suffers from a heavy air of elitism and exclusivity as well as an over-general definition. The distinguishable personality of the director as a criterion of value.

The technical competence of a director as a criterion of value. The Maltese Falcon – source: The experience expanded his view of film criticism: How do you tell the genuine director from the quasichimpanzee? Opt in to receive news and updates.

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If drama is your gag, pull up some of their articles and enjoy. Newsletter Get our cinematic goodness delivered to your digital doorstep every Saturday. To Sarris to be ontes author of a film technical understanding is required. And for some inexplicable reason, Sarris concludes that he would not have had this joy of discovery without the auteur theory. Hitchcock was a competent technician and his films contain similar techniques played with time ths time again — sometimes hitting other times missing.

Upon returning to New York’s Lower East SideSarris briefly pursued graduate studies at his alma mater and Teachers College, Columbia University before theorj to film criticism as a vocation. In the next article I will also conclude and explore the strengths and weaknesses of both articles. What are your thoughts on auteur theory? Those who do not make the cut of his Pantheon category were dismissed under categorical headings listed in the table of contents that descend as follows: In reaction to this Sarris decided sadris produce his article on the auteur theory.

Sarris leaves a whole lot open to interpretation, and beyond arguing that American cinema is the best going, he leaves much up to the reader to make their own arguments for who should be chosen to belong to this coveted group of filmmakers.


In ss America, auteurism was not well-received by screenwriters and the many other people who collaborated in film production. Sarris’ method of ranking directors in The American Cinema has been criticized as elitist and subjective. I recently saw Aureur Night at Eight [] one of the many maddeningly routine films Raoul Walsh has directed in his long career.

Another reason why Sarris embraced the auteur theory is that it is an account of film which does not, and in some ways rewards, directors in a constrictive environment such as the Hollywood studio system. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The film keeps moving along in the pleasantly unpretentious manner one would expect of Walsh until one incongruously intense scene with George Raft trashing about in his sleep, revealing his inner fears in mumbling dream-talk.

The Story of American Film Criticismfirst with other critics discussing how he brought the auteur theory from Franceand then by Sarris himself explaining how he applied that theory to his original review of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Truffaut steers away from the avant-garde and moves towards a more general notion of the filmmaker as author in narrative cinema. In her “spare time” she organises the Drunken Film Fest.

Scott have cited him as an influence. His article functions more as a call to action, and would divide theorists in the years following. The auteur theory has, according to Sarris, three central premises.

Fheory argue that auteur finds its niche in the avant-garde, while still others insist that the nature of experimental filmmaking puts it at odds with the theory. Directors and Directions ssrrisan opinionated assessment of films of the sound era, organized by director.

Sarris was a co-founder of the National Society of Film Critics.