Wes Anderson, Film Auteur

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Topic 2 What do you understand by the concept of film authorship? With reference to the films of Alfred Hitchcock and/or the films of another director from this unit (e.g., David Lynch, Wes Anderson) write an essay that explores the idea that auteurism is a commercial and textual and critical category Film authorship, the notion that a film reflects a director’s personal vision or style, highlights the idea that films can be the direct result of individualism when making a film, regardless of the fact that films are often the result of a production company or industry. A Film auteur or author, who is usually a director, will often display a clearly distinctive style through their respective body of works, with their films often being easily recognisable as a reflection of the director, or showing some sort of personal elements. The idea of film authorship largely developed in the 1950’s through French film study, where critics looked to safeguard film as a form of art, which led to the approach of viewing a director as an auteur. The concept of auteurism has been enduring ever since, and modern examples such as Wes Anderson typify this idea that a body of work from one director can hold a large degree of distinctiveness. Wes Anderson’s films highlight a continuity of colourful backgrounds and an extravagant use of mise en scene, while his movies often also display similar themes of familial drama and disgruntlement. Other film auteurs such as Jane Campion, display stronger distinction in her themes and help create the idea that auteurism can be viewed as a commercial category. The original development of directors being film auteurs was built around the idea that film was a form of art. These ideas were originated through the French journal, Cahiers du cinema, which, though the article politique des auteurs, established the notion that despite of the
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