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Improper NamesCollective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous$
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Marco Deseriis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694860

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694860.001.0001

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Allen Smithee, the Anti-auteur

Allen Smithee, the Anti-auteur

Matters of Property and Matters of Propriety

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Improper Names

Marco Deseriis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Alan Smithee, a pseudonym introduced by the Directors Guild of America to allow film directors to work outside of their reputation. The chapter shows how the accumulation of negative reputation in the name of Smithee ultimately undermined the DGA’s ability to preserve its original function within the regulated field of Hollywood labor relations.

Keywords:   cinema studies, film history, labor history, Hollywood, Allen Smithee, Alan Smithee, pseudonym, anonymity, social movements, Directors Guilfd of America

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