cinéma vérité

[ sin-uh-muh -ver-i-tey; French see-ney-mah vey-ree-tey ]
/ ˈsɪn ə mə ˌvɛr ɪˈteɪ; French si neɪ mɑ veɪ riˈteɪ /
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a technique of documentary filmmaking in which the camera records actual persons and events without directorial control: introduced in France in the 1950s.
a film using this technique or a simulation of it.



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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 cinéma vérité

cinéma vérité
/ (French sinema verite) /


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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