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Allen Smithee

THE EMERGENCE OF ED WOOD as ironic culture hero—a status cemented by Tim Burton’s bemused Hollywood biopic—just about permanently blurred the line between auteurism and autism. Paying homage to an even more peculiar ghost in the studio machine, Directed by Allen Smithee dishes the very latest in anti-auteur theory by way of celebrating the half-life and work of filmdom’s most famous phantom director. Allen Smithee is the official pseudonym designated by the Directors Guild of America for directors who can document the loss of “creative control” of a film and further claim that the studio-recut version would damage their reputations. What editors Jeremy Braddock and Stephen Hock have assembled is a cultural studies book that splits the différance between your typical academic compendium and its self-conscious parody, merging the deadly serious (this is from the University of

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