An Auteurist History of Film

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Raging Bull. 1980. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

An Auteurist History of Film

September 9, 2009–August 29, 2014

This ongoing screening cycle is intended to serve as both an exploration of the richness of the Museum’s film collection and a basic introduction to the emergence of cinema as the predominant art form of the twentieth century. The auteurist approach to film—articulated by the critics of Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s and brought to America by Andrew Sarris—contends that, despite the collaborative nature of the medium, the director is the primary force behind the creation of a film. This exhibition takes this theory as its point of departure, charting the careers of several key figures not in order to establish a formal canon, but to develop one picture of cinematic history.

Organized by Charles Silver, Curator, Department of Film.

Yamaha Modus H1 piano generously provided through Yamaha Artist Services, New York.

Image: Raging Bull. 1980. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese