'Selma' and the State of the Black Auteur

In the late 1950’s French film critic and director Francois Truffaut defined an essential characteristic of what would later be called The Auteur Theory when he asserted that a,” …film would resemble the person who made it, not so much through autobiographical content, but rather through the style, which impregnates the film with the personality of its director.” (1) Since his assertion The Auteur Theory was popularized in the United States by critic Andrew Sarris (1928 – 2012), criticized by detractors like film critic Pauline Kael (1919-2001) and eventually held in low esteem within current academic film studies and film theory. Yet, there is a kernel of truth that...

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