Colin Burnett

​Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1174
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Colin Burnett's work focuses on the cultural marketplace—the ideas, sensibilities, languages, and social relations that shape how film and media circulate—and its effects on artistic practice, mainly in non-US contexts.

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The Invention of Robert Bresson: The Auteur and His Market

The Invention of Robert Bresson: The Auteur and His Market

Challenging the prevailing notion among cinephiles that the auteur is an isolated genius interested primarily in individualism, Colin Burnett positions Robert Bresson as one whose life's work confronts the cultural forces that helped shape it. Regarded as one of film history's most elusive figures, Bresson (1901–1999) carried himself as an auteur long before cultural magazines, like the famed Cahiers du cinéma, advanced the term to describe such directors as Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jean-Luc Godard. In this groundbreaking study, Burnett combines biography with cultural history to uncover the roots of the auteur in the alternative cultural marketplace of midcentury France.