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  Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment
Cinema Vérité: Defining the Moment is a comment on such historical documentary debates over time, including the more recent revolutionary development of new technologies and the wider changes in film language.
Cinema Vérité is a sumptuous feast of old fl and white vérité footage from some of the masters working in observational filmmaking.
Cinema Vérité is testimony to the evolution of documentary, having superseded the preaching, polemic and educational mode.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/00/11/verite.html   (1486 words)

 French Realism & Cinema Verite
Cinema verite films are usually shot with light, easily portable, inexpensive equipment, hand-held cameras, actual locations, real people (not actors) and a relatively small budget.
Cinema verite is part of the broader artistic tradition of realism and the cinematic tradition of documentary film making.
Realism and cinema verite try to show man as he is and the world as it is because the film maker often has a social conscience and sometimes a political agenda.
www.parlez-vous.com /misc/realism.htm   (975 words)

 Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment - A Review
Cinema Verité surveys the movement by talking to a number of its practitioners.
Unfortunately, Cinema Verité only allows a short amount of time for each interview, making it is difficult to gain a sense of the differences within the movement and how the movement developed.
Cinema Verité leaves the spectator with an interesting series of interviews that only provide a brief outline of an important movement within documentary film.
www.documentaryfilms.net /Reviews/CinemaVerite   (463 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Cinema Verite - Dramarama at Epinions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In 1985, they brought Cinema Verite to the public as their first album with its’ best known track “Anything, Anything.” To this day that is the most famous song that has been attributed to Dramarama.
Cinema Verite was an album that was extremely popular among the college crowd and the region of Los Angeles from great radio play.
Cinema Verite is a collection of mostly alternative rock songs with a ballad or two stuck in as well.
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 TAKE ONE: The King of cinema-verite: an interview with Allan King - Interview
But more importantly, it was the introduction of television in the late 1940s with its need for immediate coverage of the news and the demand for content that spurred the movement in the 1950s and early 1960s.
The movement, known as cinema-verite in France and Canada and direct cinema in America, grew spontaneously, with an emphasis on the "filmmaker" over the director and glorified the function of the cameraman as an immediate link between the camera and the subject.
Verite came about swiftly as the demands of television-which provided the market-could mobilize the different equipment and sound gear to serve its needs.
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 cinema verite. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The style was pioneered in the late 1950s and early 60s by such French documentary filmmakers as Jean Rouch and Chris Marker and has been influential in the work of a number of directors, most notably Jean-Luc Godard.
American filmmakers, who sometimes called the style “direct cinema,” were quick to adopt the technique.
Included among them are Richard Leacock, D. Pennebaker, Albert and David Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, and Robert Drew.
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 cinema verite - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about cinema verite
School of documentary film-making that aims to capture real events and situations as they occur without major directorial, editorial, or technical control.
The US school of cinema vérité, called ‘direct cinema’, used the camera as a passive observer of events.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
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 cinema verite   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Cinema Verité surveys the movement by talking to a number...
Cinema Verite, literally film truth, was a style of film making developed by French film...
in France it was "cinéma vérité," in England "free cinema," and in...
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 CI5472 Teaching Film, Television, and Media
In contrast to traditional documentary, cinema verite documentary attempts to capture experience is an unobtrusive, unedited manner as possible.
Cinema verite documentary reflects the ethnographic/anthropological belief in the need to capture social and cultural practices as they occur without imposing one’s own interpretive frame.
Another ground-breaking cinema verite documentary is the 12 hour PBS series, An American Family, broadcast in 1973 made by Alan and Susan Raymond.
www.tc.umn.edu /~rbeach/teachingmedia/module11/2b.htm   (2084 words)

 Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The history of 'cinema verite' or 'cinema direct,' as it was known in France, is explored through interviews with many of the documentary genre's pioneers.
Largely inspired by the invention of new lightweight cameras in the 1950's and 60s, cinema verite's trademark hand-held style went on to become widely assimilated into contemporary film and video practice.
www.hollywood.com /movies/detail/movie/176352   (76 words)

 TAKE ONE: Camera eye: Peter Wintonick's Cinema verite: defining the moment
In Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment, Wintonick's new feature-length picture about what is probably the most vital and influential of doc genres, he slyly alludes to the kind of numbing films uninitiated viewers think of when they hear the "d" word.
One of Cinema Verite's running gags involves an ancient NFB instructional short in which a pair of sombre twits explain how to climb a ladder with such pedantry, they could be demonstrating the correct way to handle plutonium.
One of Cinema Verite's most striking characters is Richard Leacock, who collaborated on films like the archetypal rockumentary Monterey Pop and Robert Drew's JFK study, Primary.
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 John Cassavetes
But it is soon evident that she is collapsing under the weight of her private demons, her own self-induced influences, and Nick makes the agonizing decision to have her institutionalized.
John Cassavetes' approach to filmmaking as cinema verite captures the honesty and integrity of human emotion unembellished.
Using medium shots, Cassavetes places us in the center of the milieu: a guest at the dinner table, a coworker listening to Nick's guilt and denial over his wife's commitment, a party reveler welcoming the recuperated Mabel home.
www.filmref.com /directors/dirpages/cassavetes.html   (1111 words)

 NOW with Bill Moyers. Arts & Culture. Albert Maysles and The Art of Direct Cinema | PBS
These filmmakers all went on to have distinguished careers of their own, creating seminal direct cinema documentaries that today stand as benchmarks of the craft.
Drew is generally considered the father of the direct cinema style, a form he helped pioneer as the founder of film group Drew Associates.
Drew began his career as a journalist for LIFE magazine, but turned to filmmaking in the late 1950s when he came to the conclusion that lightweight 16mm cameras with synchronized sound would be much more adept at capturing breaking news events than the lead-heavy tripod monsters in use at the time.
www.pbs.org /now/arts/maysles.html   (547 words)

 Cinema vérité   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Cinema vérité is a French phrase meaning, literally "film truth".
The term comes from the literal translation of Dziga Vertov's Kino-Pravda series and the intentions behind it: to use film as a means of getting at "hidden" truth.
Cinema verite is not to be confused with Vertov's work, however; the term is used to refer to the style developed in France by the directors of the nouvelle vague and others.
portaljuice.com /cinema_verite.html   (153 words)

 Drew Associates
In 1960, when Robert Drew produced "Primary", it was recognized as a breakthrough, the beginning of what came to be called "Cinema Verite," in America.
Dubbed "cinema verite" in Europe, Drew's form was quickly copied in documentary and feature films.
The three Drew films on JFK are a history of his years from young senator to president to fallen hero, and the beginning of the history of Cinema Verite in America.
www.drewassociates.net /Main/verite.htm   (1068 words)

 Cinema Verite
I see film as not being objective, and cinema verite as a cinema of lies that depends on the art of...
Why are the most exciting documentaries still those Cinema Verité films of the Sixties and Seventies...
Cinema Verité as we know it was born when...
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 DVD Verdict: Cinema Vérité, Part 1
Unlike the Maysles, little sympathy is generated for the "salesmen" here: these men cover their greed and hatred with a glossy surface the Bible salesman could only hope to afford.
While American Pimp stands as a marvelous contribution to cinema vérité, the Hughes Brothers are best known for their fiction films, such as Menace II Society and the upcoming From Hell.
This suggests a key issue in cinema vérité that should have been clear all the way back in Robert Flaherty's day: the act of filming itself affects the subject being filmed.
www.dvdverdict.com /columns/deepfocus/cinemaverite.php   (1090 words)

 cinema verite --  Encyclopædia Britannica
American motion picture director of independent films whose gritty cinema verité works in the 1950s and '60s, including The Connection, The Cool World, and Portrait of Jason, tackled such controversial topics as heroin addiction, gang membership, and male prostitution (b.
One of the most notable developments in postwar cinema was the Italian neorealism movement of Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, and Roberto Rossellini, which emphasized simply shot stories filmed on location using nonprofessional actors.
Provides information on cinema complexes like the Lake, the Fox, the Paramount, the Egyptian, and the Rialto theatres and brief notes on their architectural style.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9082666?tocId=9082666&query=cinema   (876 words)

 AllRefer.com - cinEma vEritE (Film) - Encyclopedia
cinEma vEritE, a style of filmmaking that attempts to convey candid realism.
Often employing lightweight, hand-held cameras and sound equipment, it shows people in everyday situations and uses authentic dialogue, naturalness of action, and a minimum of rearrangement for the camera.
More recently, such documentary makers as Ken (and Ric) Burns and Barbara Kopple have made cinEma vEritE techniques central to their films.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/C/cinemaver.html   (261 words)

 TIME Europe Magazine: The New Cinema Vérité -- Aug. 04, 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The schedules for each cinema are tailored to its neighborhood, with individual managers selecting movies for reprises and special screenings.
Showing a high concentration of French films, Karmitz's cinema chain continues to grow, the latest addition being a 14-screen multiplex with a store and restaurant near the grand Mitterrand Library.
According to the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français, 13 cinemas have closed since 1985 in the Latin Quarter alone, the heart of repertoire moviegoing.
www.time.com /time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901030804-471159,00.html   (950 words)

 Jean Rouch: Cinéma-vérité, Chronicle of a Summer and The Human Pyramid
The answer of 'direct cinema', which included Richard Leacock, Donn A. Pennebaker and the Maysles brothers as its representatives, was a purist approach in which the impact of the observer on the observed had to be kept to a minimum.
I look at the human sciences as poetic sciences in which there is no objectivity, and I see film as not being objective, and cinema verite as a cinema of lies that depends on the art of telling yourself lies.
Traditionally, the ethnographic film is considered to be the polar opposite of 'art cinema', and while it would be unproblematic to say that Rouch's work simply compresses the two categories, ethnographic film and art cinema, his work presents so many layers of meaning so intimately entwined that such simplifications are impossible.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/01/19/rouch.html   (4563 words)

You may not know these films, but you have seen their influence everywhere, from TV news to music videos to webcams.
The cinema verite / direct cinema movement of the 50s and 60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries.
Rich in excerpts from verite classics, CINEMA VERITE: DEFINING THE MOMENT captures the excitement of a revolution that changed filmmaking forever.
www.chicagodocfestival.org /cinemave.html   (151 words)

 Films take a cinema vérité look at life in '60s America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The term "cinema vérité" -- or direct cinema -- was coined in the '60s to refer to the explosion of socially and politically concerned, low-budget documentary filmmaking made possible by the decade's new mobile camera and recording systems.
In later decades, cinema vérité would lose much of its idealistic glow when it was revealed that more than a few of its practitioners were actually staging events, scripting scenes and rehearsing actors.
Beginning today, the Grand Illusion in the University District begins a two-week celebration of this prototypically '60s genre: "Direct Cinema: Documenting the '60s," which manages to include 10 of the best-remembered titles (about half of which are not currently on video).
seattlepi.nwsource.com /movies/film06.shtml   (616 words)

 Do Look Back: the Story of Cinema Verité   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
There are no messages, no one to get released from prison, no wrongs to be righted; where there are hundreds of little surprises and the subjects always seem ready to show us how talented and brilliant and stupid they are (and we believe it all).
Cinema Verité as we know it was born when Robert Drew brought together a team of young filmmakers to film real life documentaries.
Moving away from narration, interviews, and soundtrack music and relying on portable cameras and sound equipment the aim was to put the viewer close to the action without outside distractions.
popped.ifihadahifi.com /articles98/cinemaverite   (461 words)

 Cinéma vérité   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Robert Flaherty's "Nanook of the North" (1922) is also often seen as an ancestor to cinéma vérité, in that it was a partially scripted film that used the techniques of documentary filmmaking.
The aesthetic of the movement, which began in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s was essentially the same as that of the mid-1950s "free cinema" in the UK and the "direct cinema" movement in the United States and Quebec.
Borrowing techniques from documentary film (but eschewing the use of voiceovers) cinéma vérite aims for an extreme naturalism, using non-professional actors, nonintrusive filming techniques, frequent use of hand-held camera, the use of genuine locations rather than sound stages, and naturalistic sound without post-production.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/cinema_verite   (321 words)

 DVD Verdict: Cinema Vérité, Part 2
The assumption that cinema vérité captures a true picture of reality has played a great role in the appropriation of vérité techniques by filmmakers interested in giving their fictions a sense of "truth." Sometimes the transition from fact to fiction is easy.
This is the real truth behind cinema vérité: the camera may be objective, but the minds behind it and the minds who observe its products are not.
The camera produces cinema, and cinema is merely another language that we try to use to understand an uncertain world.
www.dvdverdict.com /columns/deepfocus/cinemaverite2.php   (1415 words)

 Review of Cinema Verite   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Cinema Verite honors these documentary filmmakers and their films, as it traces the history of this genre from its beginnings in the 1950s with its links to journalism, its focus on daily life experiences and its ability to capture emotion, to its ironic transformation in The Blair Witch Project and reality TV.
In the spirit of cinema verite itself, Wintonick doesn’t evaluate, analyze or judge the evolving genre; rather, in a fairly chronological format, his film allows interviews with the pioneering filmmakers and a host of clips from the groundbreaking films to tell the story of the last half century of documentary films.
By the 1990s Jennifer Fox articulates her problem with pure verite, saying personal interviews are important to allow for psychology and motivation.
www.h-net.msu.edu /~filmhis/reviews/31_2/film/cinema_verite.htm   (374 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Father of 'cinema verite' dies
French film director Jean Rouch, a pioneer of the "cinema verite" style of documentaries, has been killed in a car crash in Niger at the age of 86.
This blurring of the traditional boundaries between director and subject became known as "cinema verite".
It was said to have inspired the 'nouvelle vague', or new wave, style of film-making in France, popularised by directors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Goddard.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/europe/3504425.stm   (355 words)

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