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The French journal Cahiers du Cinéma enjoys mythic status with film buffs. The monthly magazine formulated the “politics of the auteur” − the theory that the director of a film is its sole creator, no less than an author, playwright, painter or composer is the sole creator of his work. Moreover, some of the journal’s first writers − François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Eric...