3 definitions by Maeve Bitchy

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Trash novels, TV and movies written by, for and about self-centred women looking for men to stimulate their vaginas and to sponge money off.
In the Library: "Where can I find 'Bitchette Jones' Diary' and 'Slags in the City'?"
Librarian: "They're in the Clit Lit section, Madam, next to the 'How to use your vibrator' manuals. It's easy to find - there are lots of other boring bitches with cardboard-cutout personalities browsing the shelves over there."
by Maeve Bitchy May 24, 2008

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An academic term for the genre of film colloquially known as chick flicks. The genre has three main sub-categories:

1. Classic fairytale - often presented in the guise of romantic comedy. Various thin plot lines, but always culminating in the girl marrying the rich, handsome guy - the 'handsome prince' architype. e.g. Bridget Jones' Diary, Notting Hill, Pretty Woman, and many, many more. This is the most common form of cinema clitera.

2. Reconcilation - with a female friend, sister, mother or daughter, with whom there as been a long-standing feud or alienation. Often ends with one of the lead protagonists dying of a 'fashionable' disease, such as leukemia or a brain tumour, shortly after the reconcilation. e.g. Beaches, Terms of Endearment.

3. Girlies together against the world - various plots but all centre around shared emotional trials and tribulations, often a mix of light weight comedy and schmaltz e.g. Steel Magnolias, Sex in the City.
Interviewer: "Mr Grant, many of your films, perhaps with the exception of 'Maurice', are often dismissed by critics as cinema clitera. What is your response to this?"
Hugh Grant: "Erm, Erm, Erm ..."
by Maeve Bitchy May 27, 2008

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Means 'film truth', also known as 'Direct Cinema'. A style of film concerned with representing truth and reality, not overtly using filmic artifice, or complete directoral control.

Uses documentary film making devices such as hand-held 'shaky' cameras to give an impression of the viewer being a 'fly on the wall'. Avoids the use of scripts, artifical sound tracks, etc.

Developed in France and Quebec in the 1950's and 1960's. 'Dogma 95' is a film making philosophy from the 1990's which was influenced by the ideas of the previous generation's Cinéma vérité film makers.
The Battle of Algiers, The Blair Witch Project, and The Office are examples of film and TV that use elements of Cinéma vérité.
by Maeve Bitchy May 26, 2008

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