[sin-uh-muh ver-i-tey; French see-ney-mah vey-ree-tey]
- 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.
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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- films characterized by subjects, actions, etc, that have the appearance of real life
French, literally: cinema truth