cinema verité


ci·​ne·​ma ve·​ri·​té ˈsi-nə-mə-ˌver-i-ˈtā How to pronounce cinema verité (audio) si-nā-ˈmä-ve-rē-ˈtā How to pronounce cinema verité (audio)
: the art or technique of filming a motion picture so as to convey candid realism

Examples of cinema verité in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With its cinema verite style, the film notably influenced directors like Spike Lee and Robert Townsend (who has a small role). Debby Wolfinsohn,, 15 Sep. 2023 That tour de force of cinema verite followed the hopes and setbacks of two young players from Chicago, including former Marquette player William Gates. Ben Steele, Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2022 The film also explores the nature of truth and our perceptions of reality, capturing a feeling of cinema verite in its seemingly casual structure, gaps in the narrative, temporal leaps and rough sound and image. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 June 2018 Eschewing formal interviews, the filmmakers shot the movie cinema verite style. Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Reader, 12 Mar. 2018 Last Man in Aleppo A searing cinema verite look at the Syrian city destroyed by war, and the search for survivors. Nick Vadala,, 23 Feb. 2018

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Word History


French cinéma-vérité, literally, cinema-truth, translation of Russian kinopravda

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cinema verité was in 1961

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“Cinema verité.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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