Five Directors

Auteurism from Assayas to Ozon

Edited by Kate Ince

Five Directors

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8641-0
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: November 2011
  • BIC Category: DRAMA / European / General, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film theory & criticism, Film and Media, Plays, playscripts, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


Auteurism - the idea that a director of a film is its source of meaning and should retain creative control over the finished product - has been one of film studies' most important paradigms ever since the French New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the adoption of the term 'auteur' by Andrew Sarris.

Through the popular, controversial and critically acclaimed films of Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard, the Dardenne brothers, Michael Haneke and François Ozon, this book looks into how the meaning of 'auteur' has changed over this half-century, and assesses the current state of Francophone auteur cinema. It combines French philosophical and sociological approaches with methodologies from the Anglo-American fields of gender studies, queer theory and postmodernism.

This volume will be of interest to researchers and students of film studies, European cinema and French and Francophone studies, as well as to film enthusiasts.


'It is a thoughtful book that does wave the flag convincingly for arefreshed notion of the auteur. I would be interested to see a 2017revisit.'
Jon Davies, MediaEducation Journal, Issue 62, Winter 2017-18


Series Editors' Foreword
Introduction - Kate Ince
1 Olivier Assayas and The Cinema af Catastrophe - Paul Sutton
2 Jacques Audiard: Contesting Filiations - Julia Dobson
3 Ethics in The Ruin of Politics: The Dardenne Brothers - Martin O'shaughnessy
4 Close Encounters with Distant Suffering: Michael Haneke's Disarming Visions - Libby Saxton
5 François Ozon's Cinema of Desire - Kate Ince
Conclusion - Kate Ince


Kate Ince is Reader in French Film and Gender Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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