Definition of cinéma-vérité in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɪnɪməˈvɛrɪteɪ/ /sinemaveʀite/


mass noun
  • A style of film-making characterized by realistic, typically documentary films which avoid artificiality and artistic effect and are generally made with simple equipment.

    • ‘He then juxtaposes that style with elements of realism, in particular cinéma-vérité documentary work.’
    • ‘Yet to call this film cinéma-vérité would be wrong.’
    • ‘Nowhere are the signifiers of cinéma-vérité, an approach based on the idea that the camera be as unobtrusive as possible.’
    • ‘The film is shot in a grainy, cinéma-vérité style that is occasionally interrupted by a narrator.’
    • ‘I wanted to create a new fusion of all those styles: cinéma-vérité, fiction, neo-realism and dogme.’


French, literally ‘cinema truth’.



/ˌsɪnɪməˈvɛrɪteɪ/ /sinemaveʀite/