David Fincher Explains “The Problem With Auteurism”

The idea of the auteur is a somewhat romantic notion. The term suggests that a director is the sole author of his work, putting an artistic imprint on a film or television show that is so singular, that the vision is solely theirs. However, accepting the idea of auteurism means ignoring the collaborative nature of filmmaking, and the many happy accidents, mistakes, or unavoidable changes that happen along the way to the finished product.

David Fincher‘s films undeniably contain a number of trademarks that are attributable to the director, but don’t you dare call him an auteur.

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