FREE FILM SERIES: THE AMERICAN AUTEUR

This February, March, and April, BIFF is sponsoring a FREE monthly discussion of films by American auteurs. Howie Arkans will curate a discussion of two films by the auteur on the fourth Thursday of each month beginning at 4PM.

We’ll start with Jim Jarmusch in February, Wes Anderson in March, and wrap the season up with Noah Baumbach in April. All films in the series are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

The concept of the auteur—of the filmmaker as an artist and author of his or her works—began in Paris in the late 50s to 60s, where filmmakers and critics reacted to the industrialized of filmmaking in the United States and Europe.

The French word auteur literally translates to the English, “author.” Within the context of cinema, the word auteur is used to describe a director who exerts a high level of control across all aspects of a film. Auteur directors generally have a distinctive style from film-to-film and often fill other roles besides directing including: writing, editing, and sometimes acting in their own films.

There will be two films participants can stream before each session (Amazon Prime Video rental fees may apply), and Howie will propose questions and lead a discussion of the films, answering questions and criticisms. BIFF is very pleased to be presenting this fun series to help us get through the winter and we are grateful for Howie’s time and expertise!

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Howard Arkans BA, MD, Stanford. He has had a keen interest in film since his grandmother took him to see THE JAZZ SINGER (remake) in 1952. He has taught Tuesday at the Movies for OLLI at BCC for the past 12 winters. He has been a REEL Friend of BIFF for years.