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Is Michael Bay an auteur

Yes - All of his films bear his indelible stamp.
No - You have to make great films to be an auteur.
Maybe - I can't find any signitaure themes.
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Moviebuff28

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Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« on: June 07, 2010, 10:58:05 PM »
I am curious about this.  I got into arguement with someone who said he was a hack because he doesn't make "good" films.  I think there is no doubt that he is auteur.  He has a style and substance that is his own and can't really be replicated.  There are also themes like military fetishism and patriotism that appear in all of his films.

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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010, 11:01:15 PM »
Michael Bay may not make good films most of the time, but he is not at all a hack. And making good films is not a prerequisite for being a distinct auteur, which Bay most definitely is.
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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010, 12:28:52 AM »
Yes. Although I have no business really saying since I've only seen one of his films.
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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2010, 12:29:35 AM »
hasn't this been polled before?

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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2010, 12:29:56 AM »
It's a very important question.

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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2010, 12:44:06 AM »
There are plenty of bad Auteurs!
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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2010, 12:48:38 AM »
There are plenty of bad Auteurs!


I know. Don't you just hate Truffaut and Hitchcock and Kubrick and Godard and Wong?
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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2010, 01:24:33 AM »
I haven't seen any of his films, but that doesn't stop me from calling him a hack. Just cuz'.

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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2010, 04:38:27 AM »
I went with No you have to make great films, but now I am not so sure, it might have to be yes, arrrgh.

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Re: Is Michael Bay an auteur?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2010, 07:14:30 AM »
Yes, he makes films, as bad as they may be, he is an auteur.