The Auteur Theory in the Age of the Mini-Series

  • Douglas Lackey


Dominant in mid-century, the auteur theory of cinema elevated the director of a film to a position of artistic eminence. The theory was eroded by theoretical attacks and by the rise of big-budget computer-driven action films. This chapter explores the further decline in the auteur theory wrought by the contemporary rise of the television mini-series. Various twenty-first-century mini-series have been critically acclaimed, but in most cases, these mini-series have multiple directors. There remains an aesthetic problem: can there be an integrated work of art when there is no integrating artist?


Auteur theory Film directors Television mini-series 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Lackey
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Baruch College, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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