Cut from the picture: the film editor vs. auteur theory

James, Cherry (2011) Cut from the picture: the film editor vs. auteur theory. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The auteur theory, ambiguous as it may be, has been an integral part of film criticism since its inception. Essentially, it places the director in an exalted position, a position this dissertation actively seeks to challenge. Specifically, this study analyses the film editor and its relationship to film authorship, posing the role as a potential alternative for the established "director as auteur" mentality. A number of critical constructs of authorship are analysed and applied to the role of the editor in order to form an argument in support of the position. This involves the study of critics and theorists such as François Truffaut, André Bazin, Andrew Sarris, and Roland Barthes. Later there are discussions about the importance of collaboration and how this affects film authorship, using examples of some established director-editor partnerships and just where the lines of creative influence are drawn. This leads into an analysis of how the editing process, and the audience, has evolved and what this means for an editor‟s current claim for authorship when compared to decades previous. Indeed, this will inform a speculation towards the future, and the debate as to whether an editor could ever possibly be unanimously recognised as an auteur.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 16:39
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58

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