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#1 Niki Mundo

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 04:23 AM

I'm interested in watching this style..
The only examples I know : the Blair Witch Project and Medium Cool
Can you suggest some true cinema verite-type films?
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#2 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 12:24 AM

The term cinéma vérité was coined by Jean Rouch to describe the film he made with Edgar Morin, Chronique d?un Eté (1960), which is considered the first of these works.

?Chronicle of a Summer? (Chronique d?un Eté 1961) by Jean Rouch
?Le Joli Mai? (1962) by Chris Marker
"Faces" (1968) by John Cassevettes
"A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) by John Cassevettes

Daybreak Express, 1953
A Stravinsky Portrait, 1966
A Visit with Ricky Leacock at His Normandy Farm, 2006
Town Bloody Hall, 1979
Don't Look Back, 1967
Jazz Dance, 1954

Hope this helps B)

Edited by James Steven Beverly, 24 October 2006 - 12:26 AM.

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#3 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 07:30 PM

I'm not sure if 'The Blair Witch Project' would be classified as cinema verite because it is a fictional film, even though it looks extremely realistic. Cinema verite usually depicts real life. Though i admit that different sources have a slightly different interpretation of what 'cinema verite' really is. Regardless, one of the classic examples of this genre is a documentary called 'High School' (1968) made by Frederick Wiseman.
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#4 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 01:25 AM

If you want to see something on Cinema Verite there is a wonderful Doc called, oddly enough "Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment" as well as a book "Cinema Verite in America, Studies in Uncontrolled Documentary by Stephen Mamber" and also there is this http://www.google.co...IW7s7h3_zHSN1LQ

You should be able to find recomendations for other years as well although I haven't tried.

I love Cinema Verite. It literally revolutionized filmmaking and redefined it's bonderies. It is probably the single most influencal development in the motion picture arts sence the introduction of sound and has been adopted to one extent or another by every director sense it's inception. It is a subject well worth studying by any serious film student or working professional. It's impact cannot be overstated. There are countless prominate directors who have publically stated the freedom they have been giving once they became comfortable with the use of hand held cameras. Cinema Verite took filmmaking out of the studio and put it into the street and it hqas never looked back. Check out the Doc, you will love it. B)
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