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

Definition of cinephile

: a devotee of motion pictures

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But a lot of American cinephiles have never had the chance to see this adaptation the way it was intended: fully restored, in four feature-length parts, in Russian. Noel Murray,, "New video: ‘Transit’ is another provocative thriller from director Christian Petzold," 28 June 2019 Beyond the rows of TV shows and brand-new movies, there are hidden treasures and classic movies any cinephile would enjoy watching. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Best Movies To Watch On Netflix In July 2019," 20 June 2019 Like other hard-to-find cult features — especially horror movies — the original Wicker Man had its greatest impact on serious cinephiles who went to the trouble of tracking it down. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018 Although known mainly to cinephiles, Ms. Martel is considered by many to be her nation’s, or even Latin America’s, pre-eminent filmmaker. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Lucrecia Martel: A Director Who Confounds and Thrills," 13 Apr. 2018 For more than half a century, cinephiles and silver-screen darlings have flocked to the Cannes Film Festival, which debuts the biggest and most boundary-pushing new films of note. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "21 Iconic Cannes Beauty Moments: From Kate Moss to Kristen Stewart," 10 May 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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