I first became familiar with the term, "Auteur," while reading Robert K. Johnston's Reel Spirituality. Its definition:
au·teurIt's a term that may not be used as much as it should. Or, perhaps, we refer to movies too much as "the new Will Ferrell one" or "the latest Final Destination." Either way, I was reminded of the term while watching Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited a few days ago. It, along with his most recent Moonrise Kingdom, follow in a stretch of family dramas that have a distinctive flavor including hand-picked music, deadpan acting, and luscious visuals.
A filmmaker who influences their movies so much that they rank as their author.