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auteur theory

noun
1.
(in film criticism) a theory that the director is the chief creator of a film and gives it an individual style that is evident in all aspects of the finished product.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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  • He is a living representative of what some are un-self-consciously calling the auteur theory of television.

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