[quote=“Lt. BioBasterd”]It means “Film Author”,
A filmmaker who in essence writes and directs is considered a “Film Author” or “Auteur” as Jean Levy Benoit assesed in the book “The Art Of Motion Picture”.
That is the definite meaning.[/quote]
They don’t have to write to be an auteur.
It is simply a director whose creative influence or vision on a film is so great that he is considered the author. Usually there is a signature style that stretches across the filmmaker’s oeuvre. Someone whose style is distinct.
Andrew Sarris, in his paper
Notes on the Auteur Theory published in 1962, outlines three premises for distinguishing an auteur:
“the technical competence of a director as a criterion of value…a great director has to be at least a good director.”
“the distinguishable personality of the director as a criterion of value. Over a group of films, a director must exhibit certain recurring characteristics of style, which serve as his signature”
"Interior meaning is extrapolated from the tension between a director’s personality and his material. This conception of interior meaning comes close to what Astruc defines as mise-en- scene, but not quite. It is not quite the vision of the world a director projects nor quite his attitude to life. It is ambiguous, in any literary sense, because part of it is embedded in the stuff of cinema and cannot be rendered in non-cinematic terms."
I’d like to think that Ortega fails on the first count. But he has technical competence enough to retain continuity and tell a story, so I don’t think I can count him out on that.