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ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves$
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Matthew Carter and Andrew Nelson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403016

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403016.001.0001

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Introduction: “No One Would Know It Was Mine”: Delmer Daves, Modest Auteur

Introduction: “No One Would Know It Was Mine”: Delmer Daves, Modest Auteur

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(p.1) Introduction: “No One Would Know It Was Mine”: Delmer Daves, Modest Auteur
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ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves
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Matthew Carter, Andrew Patrick Nelson
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403016.003.0001

This extended introduction covers three areas. First, it offers a critical biography of Daves’ life and career, drawing upon archival materials held at the Stanford University library. Second, it offers an overview of the development of auteur theory in film scholarship, explaining the process by which the films of some American moviemakers has been canonized while those of others, despite comparable output and acclaim, has not. Finally, the introduction makes the case that Daves’s work does, in fact, evidence a unique authorial viewpoint, valorising man as a rational rather than instinctual agent in society.

Keywords:   Delmer Daves, Auteur Theory, Authorship, Genre, Film Theory

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