cine·​phile | \ ˈsi-nə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce cinephile (audio) \

Definition of cinephile

: a devotee of motion pictures

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The news comes in the wake of last month’s announcement that FilmStruck — the equally beloved cinephile streaming service — would close at the end of November (specifically the 29th, this coming Thursday). Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "A24’s library is now available to stream for free on Kanopy," 26 Nov. 2018 Even people who weren’t long-term cinephiles, but interested in becoming more educated on the popular art form, could find helpful, accessible, non-snooty features designed to do just that. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "RIP FilmStruck, one of classic cinema’s last refuges in the streaming era," 26 Oct. 2018 The names of many others would be unrecognizable to even the most diehard cinephile. Josh Rottenberg,, "Motion picture academy’s record-breaking 928 new members a sign of the changing times," 26 June 2018 In attendance were the young cinephiles who would go on to form the nucleus of the French New Wave: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer. Christine Smallwood, New York Times, "The Strange, Enduring Appeal of Biarritz," 14 May 2018 There’s lots for fashion- and cinephiles to drool over in the catalogue, a selection of which is shown above. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Catherine Deneuve Is Selling Her Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Couture at Christie’s in Paris—See the Highlights Here," 17 Jan. 2019 MoviePass has also brought flexibility to cinephiles living on a limited budget. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why MoviePass is the future — even if it doesn’t survive," 6 July 2018 While some of the festival’s eight shorts programs are sold out, cinephiles ages 5 through 11 have abundant options. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "Events for Children in NYC This Week," 1 Feb. 2018 One of the legends of mai holds that the trouble began in February, when André Malraux, the minister of culture, fired Henri Langlois, a beloved founder of the Cinémathèque Française and a guru for young French cinephiles. New York Times, "Dystopia, Apocalypse, Culture War: 2018 or 1968?," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of cinephile

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinephile

French cinéphile, from ciné + -phile

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