Definitions for "Auteur"
The directorial interpretation of a film; the construction of a film in such a manner that it conveys the particular perspective and imprint of a director (i.e. Hitchcock, Cronenberg, etc.)
(Film) 'Author'. The influence of a creative director over a film so that its style demarcates an auteur or shows the director's signature (the total author). Examples are Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Orson Welles, David Lynch. (See Hayward, 2000, 19-27.) (Radio) For radio drama, the primacy of the director as play 'author' emerges, often in adventurous and 'filmic' formalist techniques. This is in contrast to the sometimes submerged work of the radio drama director in standard radio drama production. (For standard, see below.) Auteur radio drama example: John Dryden's adaptation of Dickens' 'Bleak House'.
The presumed or actual "author" of a film, usually identified as the director. Also sometimes used in an evaluative sense to distinguish good filmmakers ( auteurs) from bad ones.
a person who does things their own way, maintaining total control over whatever it is that they are doing