Cinéma vérité : defining the moment

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  • "The cinéma vérité (or direct cinema) movement of the '50s and '60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from vérité classics ... this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever"--Container. Includes commentary by filmmakers, and explores vérité's influence in everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams.


  • Letterboxed.
  • Issued also in French under title: Cinéma véité : le moment décisif.
  • DVD; Dolby surround sound.
  • In English and French with English subtitles.


  • Free cinema -- Leacock's lessons -- Working history -- Engineering art -- Camera as eye -- Active eye -- Absolute truth -- Vérité direct -- Schmeering truth -- Art vs. truth -- Dramatic conflict -- Politics of truth -- Subjective objectivity -- Living words -- The gaze -- Cutting truth -- Legacy -- Truth and consequences -- Fiction or faction -- Vérité goes Hollywood -- Vérité soap -- Re/processed vérité -- Chimera vérité -- Witness to the world
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