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Cinema Verite (2011)

Cinema Verite

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

April 23, 2011 (TV Premiere)

Studio

HBO Films

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Director

Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Producer

Karyn McCarthy

Screenwriter

David Seltzer

Starring

Story


"Cinema Verite" tells the behind-the-scenes story of the groundbreaking documentary An American Family, which chronicled the lives of the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbara family to notoriety while creating a new television genre: the reality TV series...

An American Family was a total departure from the television shows of the time when it aired in 1973, and brought public scrutiny to a family unprepared for the consequences. It put the Louds in the spotlight as the parents (Diane Lane, Tim Robbins) struggled with their marriage while raising their children. In particular, Pat was criticized for her support of her openly gay son Lance (Thomas Dekker) at a time when homosexuality was rarely represented on television.

"Cinema Verite" gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the original PBS series was created by filmmaker Craig Gilbert (James Gandolfini). While he aimed to have an impact on culture, he also felt that the family s struggles were relatable to many Americans in a way that the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family were not. The crew of Alan and Susan Raymond (Patrick Fugit, Shanna Collins) spent seven months filming the family in 1971 and were often at odds with Gilbert about what content was appropriate to film.

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James Gandolfini, Diane Lane and Tim Robbins stars in HBO Films' Cinema Verite (2011)
Kaitlyn Dever, Thomas Dekker, Diane Lane and Tim Robbins stars in HBO Films' Cinema Verite (2011)

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