vérité

noun
vé·​ri·​té | \ ˌver-ə-ˈtā How to pronounce vérité (audio) \

Definition of vérité

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

Examples of vérité in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those add a fun touch of verite to a movie that has always seemed just one small step removed from real life, while the conversations between fictionalized characters bring the drama and poetry. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Why Netflix’s High Flying Bird is the perfect post-Last Dance quarantine watch," 20 May 2020 This verite documentary follows Bruce at a critical juncture in his life. Freep.com, "Watch Oscar-nominated ‘St. Louis Superman’ at virtual Freep Film Festival," 17 Apr. 2020 But there's something to be said for commercial verite -- devoid of artifice and hucksterism. David Morgan, CBS News, "Super Bowl 2018 commercials: The best and the worst," 5 Feb. 2018 Eschewing explanatory and identifying onscreen text, Wang-Breal (Tough Love) uses a mostly verite approach to immerse the viewer in the work of the court and the nonprofits it partners with. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowin' Up': Film Review | Tribeca 2018," 27 Apr. 2018 But the verite quality of the shoot left Stone unnerved in one particular sequence. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Clint Eastwood Reveals Why He Cast Non-Actors in '15:17 to Paris'," 6 Feb. 2018 But there's something to be said for commercial verite - devoid of artifice and hucksterism. David Morgan, CBS News, "Super Bowl 2018 commercials: The best and the worst," 5 Feb. 2018 As an almost verite-like drama, the technical contributions are all sober and functional. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Equilibrium' (L'equilibrio'): Film Review | Venice 2017," 10 Sep. 2017 Your approach to documentary filmmaking is direct cinema, often referred to as cinema verite. Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, "Environment / Film An interview with the directors of An Inconvenient Sequel about how their movie got made," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of vérité

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vérité

after cinema verité

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“Vérité.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/v%C3%A9rit%C3%A9. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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