Definition of vérité in English:



  • A genre of film, television, and radio programs emphasizing realism and naturalism.

    ‘in vérité, good-looking young adults talk about sitcoms’
    • ‘a shadowy video-vérité masterpiece, complete with flying sweat droplets’
    • ‘If you've ever seen Andy Warhol's Trash or Flesh, you'll recognize bits and pieces of those films' grimy vérité style at work here.’
    • ‘The end of the film culminates with the modern use of vérité as a style or film language to indicate reality.’
    • ‘Feld's recordings are to radio journalism what cinéma vérité is to TV documentary.’
    • ‘I know two wrongs don't make a right and all that, but cinéma vérité is a genre, not a mission statement.’
    • ‘Shot in grainy black and white imagery, with sudden zooms and an expertly wielded cinéma vérité camera style, it creates a rare immediacy.’
    • ‘You've mentioned in interviews that French directors like Truffaut and Godard were big influences on your vérité style.’
    • ‘I felt that certain films lend themselves to cinéma vérité or interview form, and other subjects don't.’
    • ‘The canvas has often been compared to a snapshot, but to Sussman it looked more like a painted film still, art's first cinéma vérité moment.’
    • ‘The film traces out, fairly superficially, the history of the documentary style known as cinéma vérité from the 1950s to the present day.’
    • ‘Occasional use of his documentary camera can also help sell network execs on the necessity of the show's vérité visual style.’
    • ‘The show's vérité style gives it a raw feel that suits its improvisational nature.’
    • ‘I like this vérité approach to showing the making of a film, without voice-overs or talking heads.’
    • ‘His films - particularly Moi un noir - influenced the French New Wave and the cinéma vérité movements.’
    • ‘This hand-held camera, which was supposed to create a real sense of disturbance, actually made it look like cinéma vérité.’
    • ‘Was it cinéma vérité, produced for our voyeuristic enjoyment?’
    • ‘It's like cinéma vérité, where I'm trying to make the dialogue as real as possible.’
    • ‘It's not glam, not in any way, and its vérité sensibility is its strength.’
    • ‘Do-it-yourself video vérité and participant documentaries may improve on the televised quality of news as reality-based non-fiction.’
    • ‘For some vérité purists, this might be taboo: the camera should act objectively and not interfere with the subject.’
    • ‘This evening-long excursion into cinéma vérité culminated in a fistfight staged for the benefit of Dowse's camera.’
    accurate, true to life, faithful, telling it like it is, as it really happened, fact-based, realistic, close, lifelike, convincing



/ˌveriˈtā/ /ˌvɛrɪˈteɪ/


French, literally ‘truth’.