The concept of "Auteur" is deriding and damaging to the screenwriter and to the director, according to William Goldman because Goldman understands that there are many independent parts working together to create a movie. Screenwriter, such as Goldman, have a very difficult task to adapt the script and the storyline in such a way that the whole story can be told with themes and symbolism without losing the viewer and without giving the viewer too much to take in and grapple with.
Screenwriters such as Goldman often have to make complex and voluminous works succinct while ensuring there is flow and that it is possible to encapsulate visually. Goldman, himself, was an accomplished novelist before he became a screenwriter. He penned Marathon Man, Misery, The Princess Bride, and All the President’s Men (Queenan 1). He found that it was two very different disciplines, two very different animals for him. The screenplay serves as a textual mediating point between the “single track medium of published writing” and the “multi-track medium, of film (Boozer 1). Goldman found himself taking into account more than the director's task but also the tasks of the set designer, the location scout, the costume designer, the producers, the director of photography, and the editors.
With all of this in mind Goldman felt it preposterous the concept of "Auteurism" and the idea of a movie being entirely the director's vision and the director's stamp. Goldman concedes it is the director that creates the film but is not the creator of the film (Goldman 101). Goldman could not take the Auteur Theory seriously in the least bit in that the director was the star who was to get most of the credit for a movie that was in fact created by many independent parts working independently and collaborating closely to make the film a reality.
The word "auteur" has come to mean "director" in the world of movies because it is the sole responsibility of the director and it rests on his/her discretion alone in terms of how a set will be captured and how a script and storyline will be transitioned into film. The director is an entity in movie-making by which every other position must past through for approval and adoption. The essence of filmmaking rests with the director. It is the director's job to be the most innovative and forward thinking individual on the set. Directors must scrutinize everyone's contribution and push them to make their most effective and potent impact on the film as a whole.
Other participants in film, whether they be actors, actresses, the screenwriter, or a photography director, can carry a film. It is possible for them to have this level of prestige but it is the director they must appease because the director usually gets the final say regarding what the camera captures and how the camera captures it.
Goldman has the experience of providing art in bulk in terms of composing stories and novels. He understands that it is the wordplay that creates the picture in the...