cinéma vérité

[sin-uh-muh ver-i-tey; French see-ney-mah vey-ree-tey]
noun
  1. a technique of documentary filmmaking in which the camera records actual persons and events without directorial control: introduced in France in the 1950s.
  2. a film using this technique or a simulation of it.

Origin of cinéma vérité

1960–65; < French cinéma-vérité literally, cinema-truth, coined as a translation of Russian kinoprávda, a documentary technique developed by the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov (1896–1954)
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British Dictionary definitions for cinema verite

cinéma vérité

noun
  1. films characterized by subjects, actions, etc, that have the appearance of real life

Word Origin for cinéma vérité

French, literally: cinema truth
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