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Auteur (2006)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 27 March 2006 (USA)
"AUTEUR" is a satirical comedy/character study that follows an ambitious video pirate from delusions of grandeur to a well-deserved fall from grace. ERIC PELHAM, our protagonist/anti-hero, ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Beau Clark Beau Clark ... Eric Pelham
Victoria Profeta ... Adrienne
Granville Van Dusen ... Jack Burton
Lee Schall Lee Schall ... Lenny
Jonathan Coogan ... Mitch
Jack Rubinoff Jack Rubinoff ... Tony
John-Paul Fine John-Paul Fine ... Alberto (as John Paul Fine)
Julian Wells Julian Wells ... Monique (as Suzy McCoppin)
Stephen Bozzo Stephen Bozzo ... Boyfriend / Knight / Alien
Creagen Dow ... Young Eric
Maggie O'Rourke Maggie O'Rourke ... Pretty Little Girl
Allen Gardner Allen Gardner ... Serial Killer
Helen Cho ... Woman Exec
David E. Fischer ... Male Exec (as David Fischer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Biedel ... Lewis Fieldin


"AUTEUR" is a satirical comedy/character study that follows an ambitious video pirate from delusions of grandeur to a well-deserved fall from grace. ERIC PELHAM, our protagonist/anti-hero, thinks he's a real filmmaker as he callously films major motion pictures, then "pirates" them into VHS and DVD copies to be sold on the black market internationally. Although he claims to be engaged in this nefarious activity in order to raise money that will produce his own screenplay, Eric quickly learns that the rest of the world, particularly the world of Hollywood, is not as foolish as he thinks, and he isn't nearly as clever as he would like to believe. Written by Allen G.

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Short | Comedy


Not Rated






Release Date:

27 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A flashback sequence that took place in the early-'80s was deleted after the first rough cut. It depicted Eric as a kid (played by Creagen Dow), how he met Lenny, and how he learned to be a video pirate. Shot on a circa-1983 home video camera, the picture quality of the tape was deemed too poor, and the sequence ultimately unnecessary, in spite of the filmmakers' fondness for it. It will be included on an upcoming edition of the DVD. See more »


Eric Pelham: The bottom line is this: Hollywood has become a wasteland so vast, it's become its own metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture.
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References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

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Autuer-- AFI film
6 June 2006 | by Ariel-14-2See all my reviews

Wow--I couldn't believe a short was this well-produced and performed. I have actually KNOWN these characters, people who are just like them, in my time in the industry. There are no heroes and villains, just flawed souls trying to make their ambitions come true in a 'hightened reality' of course. Great cast. Yes, I think it should be a feature, too. Give us more like this--plain stories about things that people really do to each other without commenting on the characters or their motives or telling us what we should think. The director and crew was great and the production style entertaining. I am guessing they didn't have a lot of money to work with, but it looks expensive and artistic.

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