Auteur Theory

Auteur Theory

Director: Christopher Nolan Films: Insomnia, Inception, Memento ESSAY (2000-2500 words) The auteur approach to criticism is concerned with extracting the style of a single director through the consideration of formal aesthetic elements and recurring themes and motifs expressed throughout his/her body of work. Auteur critics are also interested in describing and interpreting the forces, both personal and public, that surround the production of the films under consideration. CHOOSE FIVE COLLEGE-LEVEL SOURCES Your paper should properly integrate at least five, primary, college-level sources. Successful papers will reference at least one critical essay on each film and one interview with your filmmaker. The following are approved websites and databases where you can look for college-level sources on the director and the films: • JSTOR/EBSCO (via AVC) The number one reference index for scholarly film journals. • Senses of Cinema Academic website with an entire section devoted to filmmakers. • Bright Lights A scholarly journal with a good reference index. • Reverse Shot • MFJ • Movie Journal

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