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) \

Definition of cinema verité

: the art or technique of filming a motion picture so as to convey candid realism

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 Eschewing formal interviews, the filmmakers shot the movie cinema verite style. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Reader, "State basketball powerhouse Orr Academy’s incredible rise to glory bared in gripping new film," 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,, "Where to stream 2018's Oscar movies," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cinema verité

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinema verité

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

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“Cinema verité.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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