refers to the notion of the director
being the actual creator of the film. This idea is more than
controversial due to the fact that even the production crew
of a small budget fiction film has dozens of makers.
production is a joint operation, so it can be asked, whether
the idea of a 'single creator' is even relevant.
term can also refer to a director with an easily distinguishable
style for example:
Ylänen: Aki Kaurismäki - Writer, editor, producer,
Kaurismäki Website [www.sci.fi/~solaris/kauris]