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Originating in 1954, by François Truffaut who coined the term in his essay Une Certaine Tendence du Cinéma Français. It outlined the idea that the most interesting films were those contained a personal expression, and holding a definitive embedment to the author.

The idea was later translated by Andrew Sarris, who expanded the concept into a theory – auteur theory. It posed that films should be based on filmmaker’s body of work, rather than for their level of skill or historical significance.

The term was then understood to be a director who over time has created a body of work containing a unified insight that explains a personal view of the world through the interplay of themes and styles.

The term auteur has later come to refer to any filmmaker who has performed or was intimately involved in all aspects of the filmmaking process.

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