The Film Canon: AI Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Among the biggest negative effects of the auteur theory is the idea that filmmakers are knowable; that every director not only has a distinctive influence on every film they touch, but that their influence can be traced and defined and connected to all of their other films. Truthfully, filmmakers are complicated, and it is in fact the parts that refuse to connect, that refuse to be defined, that make any director’s filmography fascinating and worth studying. Generally, this effect doesn’t hurt anything other than the auteurist’s own thinking. But occasionally, a film will be negatively received not for its content, but because of who the filmmaker is perceived as being. A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a prime example of this. Conceived by Stanley Kubrick as far back as the 1970s,  A.I.…


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