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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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