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

Definition of cinephile

: a devotee of motion pictures

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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 The question, local cinephiles say, is why the police even bothered to seek charges. New York Times, "A Crackdown on Film Props Angers Hong Kong’s Cinephiles," 1 June 2018 For $10 a month, cinephiles can watch a movie every day with MoviePass. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Why Lyft Is Trying to Become the Next Subscription Business," 20 June 2018 The Day After What a cinephile blessing to be living through the Hong Sang-soo renaissance, this current creative spout for the Korean auteur who’s been releasing multiple masterpieces a year. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)," 19 June 2018 Zoe says the Online Ceramics project is the studio’s first in a series of potential new collabs, part of a broad effort to develop an A24 audience that’s not just cinephiles, but, really, anyone who’s interested in culture. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Hereditary Is Here and So Is the Film’s Insanely Spooky Merch," 8 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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