Textual Analysis and Genres (a Study on Kevin Smith

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Textual Analysis and Genres

Auteur theory holds that a director's film reflects the director's personal creative vision, as if they were the primary "auteur" the French word for author. In spite of—and sometimes even because of—the production of the film as part of an industrial process, the auteur's creative voice is distinct enough to shine through all kinds of studio interference and through the collective process. In law, the film is treated as a work of art, and the auteur, as the creator of the film, is the original copyright holder. Under European Union law, the film director is considered the author or one of the authors of a film, largely as a result of the influence of auteur theory.[1]Auteur theory has influenced film criticism since 1954, when it was advocated by film director and critic François Truffaut. This method of film analysis was originally associated with the French New Wave and the film critics who wrote for the French film review periodical Cahiers du Cinéma. Auteur theory was developed a few years later in America through the writings of The Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris. Sarris used auteur theory as a way to further the analysis of what defines serious work through the study of respected directors and their films. Metteur en scène is a phrase that refers to the mise en scène of a particular film director. It suggests that the director has an original aesthetic style that can be detected while watching his or her films. The term was coined by Cahiers du cinéma co-founder André Bazin, and the expanded meaning of the term was introduced by the French New Wave filmmaker and film critic, Francois Truffaut, in his essay, "A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema". Truffaut contrasted the inferior products of the metteur en scène with the work of the great director or auteur. The term was adopted and given a new meaning by the American film critic Andrew Sarris's writings on 'the auteur theory' in the early 1960s, in which metteur en scène is the second of the three categories that define a director as an auteur. The term is meant to imply that an auteur's aesthetic style can be . Kevin Smith

When given the task on writing an assignment on a film director of my own choice, no one else sprung to mind other than Kevin Smith. In my eyes Kevin smith is one of the greatest overall film makers of all time let alone film directors. Smith said in an interview with Robert. K. Elder for ‘The film that changed my life’ “It was the movie that got me off my ass; it was the movie that lit a fire under me, the movie that made me think, “Hey, I could be a filmmaker.” And I had never seen a movie like that before ever in my life.” When looking into Kevin Smith’s films I came to the conclusion that he is what we call in the film industry a ‘Auteur’ however this would not be considered to be at the beginning of his career where he was very much stuck in the hidden comic comedy genre of films such as ‘Clerks’, ‘Mallrats’ and ‘Chasing Amy’ Widely hailed as Smith's best film, Chasing Amy marked what Quentin Tarantino called "a quantum leap forward" for Smith. In these films Smith puts a lot of his life experiences into his films for example the majority of the film ‘Clerks’ is actually shot in the convenience store Smith himself worked in as a young man but as time went on Smith started to show a slightly darker side of his personality in his films such as ‘Dogma’ a film which is a hypothetical-scenario film revolving around the Catholic Church and Catholic belief, which caused organized protests and much controversy in many countries, delaying release of the film and leading to at least two death threats against Smith. Later films that showed a darker side of Smith and which began to bring him out of the comedy genre almost completely are ‘Cop Out’ a comedy action film about two American police officers and his latest film to date ‘Red State’ a film advertised as a horror film and it does very well to live up to...
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