[Films, Stories and Auteurs] 【電影.故事.導演】


[Films, Stories and Auteurs]

By: Sadhika NANDA (Chan Sui Kau Hall)
Image: Wikipedia

The most vivid way to tell a story is to have one’s audience look through one’s own lens. To facilitate complete understanding of the story in question, one has to stimulate all five senses, evoke a spectrum of emotions and well, if one really wants to make it worthwhile, one ought to make the story into a film. No better way to make someone see through one’s lens— pun intended.

Interestingly, in the world of cinema, there is actually a name for a storyteller(/director) who has the specific ability to show you the world through his personal lens: “auteur”, French for “author”, for he spins a tale and creates a whole new world while he’s at it.

Listed below are some of my favourite auteurs and their films— cinephiles, Christmas has come early this year.

1. Wes Anderson
Defined by unparalleled visuals, his films are comedic, yet they strike a chord never struck before, as seen in The Darjeeling Express and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

2. Martin Scorsese
His career will reach it’s half-century milestone in a few years, so you can bet that he has mastered the art of filmmaking. Watch Goodfellas, The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street, for starters.

3. Richard Linklater
Truly unique, he has made the ground-breaking “12 year epic”, Boyhood. One must also not miss the comedy Dazed and Confused and of course if you’re a hopeless romantic, his romantic film series, the “Before” Trilogy.

4. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Maker of Amelie, a foreign film that completely changed my perspective on exploring foreign cinema.

5. Sean Penn
I must admit I haven’t explored the films he has directed thoroughly, but to me Into the Wild epitomises the art of storytelling; it is my most loved film of all time.

While a lover of films may agree or disagree with the aforementioned films and filmmakers, he is bound to enjoy them all nonetheless. Happy story-watching!


文: Sadhika NANDA (陳瑞球堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
圖: 維基百科




1. 韋斯·安德遜

2. 馬田·史高西斯

3. 李察·連利加

4. 尚-彼亞·桑里

5. 辛·潘


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