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Cinéma vérité : defining the moment

Author: Peter WintonickAdam SymanskyEric MichelWolf KoenigHenri Cartier-BressonAll authors
Publisher: Montréal, Québec : National Film Board of Canada, 1999.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Interviews
Biography
Named Person: Dziga Vertov; Robert Joseph Flaherty
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Wintonick; Adam Symansky; Eric Michel; Wolf Koenig; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Kirwan Cox; Karel Reisz; Richard Leacock; Albert Maysles; Roman Kroitor; Robert Drew; Michel Brault; Jean Rouch; D A Pennebaker; William Greaves; Douglas Leiterman; Beryl Fox; Pierre Perrault; Frederick Wiseman; Barbara Kopple; Gregg Hale; National Film Board of Canada.
ISBN: 0772208255 : 9780772208255
OCLC Number: 44072402
Language Note: In English and French with English subtitles; Closed-captioned (English).
Notes: Letterboxed.
Issued also in French under title: Cinéma véité : le moment décisif.
Credits: Cinematographer, Francis Miquet ; graphics, Sophia Southam ; editors, Marlo Miazga, Peter Wintonick ; music composed by Jimmy James ; writer, researcher and associate producer by Kirwan Cox.
Performer(s): Commentary: Wolf Koenig, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Kirwan Cox, Peter Wintonick, Francis Miquet, Karel Reisz, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Jean-Pierre Beauviala, Roman Kroitor, Robert Drew, Michel Brault, Jean Rouch, D.A. Pennebaker, William Greaves, Hope Ryden, James Lipscomb, Doug Leiterman, Beryl Fox, Pierre Perrault, Fred Wiseman, Barbara Kopple, Gregg Hale, Robin Cowie, Jennifer Fox, Floria Sigismondi, Terry Macartney-Filgate, Gillian Caldwell.
Description: 1 videocassette (102 min., 40 sec.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS, Dolby surround, stereo.
Contents: Free cinema --
Leacock's lessons --
Working history --
Engineering art --
Camera as eye --
Active eye --
Absolute truth --
Verite 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 --
Verite goes Hollywood --
Verite soap --
Re/processed verite --
Chimera verite --
Witness to the world.
Other Titles: Defining the moment
Responsibility: une production de l'Office National du Film ; an NFB film directed by Peter Wintonick ; produced by Adam Symansky, Eric Michel.

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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.

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<I>Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment </I>opens by showing the documentary <I>Basic Rescue 5. The Extension Ladder</I>. This is an example of the traditional, dry, stilted documentaries that were being made until the late 50s and 60s when there was a revolution in documentary filmmaking....
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