auteur

[oh-tur; French oh-tœr]
noun, plural auteurs [oh-turz; French oh-tœr] .
a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film its personal and unique stamp.

Origin:
1960–65; < French: literally, author, originator < Latin auctor. See author

auteurism, noun
auteurist, adjective, noun
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auteur (ɔːˈtɜː)
 
n
a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author
 
[French: author]
 
au'teurism
 
n
 
au'teurist
 
adj

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auteur
1962, from Fr., lit. "author" (see author).
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Example sentences
Or you could consider him an auteur even of the cartoons whose ideas he did not directly come up with.
The screens handed us the story, showing us an anxious auteur trying to outrun a calm and playful alpha.
In an era of high-tech wizardry, the anime auteur makes magic the old way.
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