Cinema Verite (2011)





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Movie Info

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Seltzer
On DVD: Apr 24, 2012
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as Bill Loud

as Pat Loud

as Craig Gilbert

as Alan Raymond

as Mary Every

as Susan Raymond

as Lance Loud

as Kevin Loud

as Grant Loud

as Delilah Loud

as Michele Loud

as Tommy Goodwin

as Cameron

as Candy Darling

as Jackie Curtis

as Network President

as Production Executive

as Talk Show Moderator

as Political Analyst

as Anthropologist Comme...

as Morning Show Comment...

as Chelsea Desk Clerk

as MOMA Curator

as Johnny Hall

as Val's Salesgirl

as PBS Assistant

as Nightwatchman
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Critic Reviews for Cinema Verite

All Critics (3)

... an engaging and accomplished production and its coda offers yet another perspective on the show, the controversy, and the complexity of the characters ...

Full Review… | May 19, 2012

Best to focus on the real standouts here: the excellence of the casting and performances.

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Slant Magazine

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Cinema Verite


Interesting, but I don't know the original show this was based on, so perhaps I would rate it higher if I did. Even without knowing, it was pretty good.
Very authentic 60's/70's look to the movie and cast are all good.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

The story of the dirtbag producer who takes advantage of the sensibilities of people to make a fast buck is a commonplace story, but when its a true story, and one about the first reality show family you sit up and pay attention. The original process of reality television comes to life in this beautifully wrought film, using some of the original footage of the show and interviews the family went on to air their grievances. An American Family was a 10 hour special on PBS and was the first time a regular family was shown in the same introspective capacity as the natives of National Geographic. The family is a dippy liberal set from California, the mother a self aware but open individual who is described as too old for woman's lib but too young to be a frumpy housewife. She is portrayed by Diane Lane, and shown as a mother who is torn between her children, her philandering husband, and pleasing Craig Gilbert (Gandolfini) by giving him the most naked of footage of her family but still retaining a realistic view that doesn't degrade them in any way. She is naive to the process of film editing and the manipulative way Craig is twisting her emotions so she'll turn on her husband and give a performance that will make good television. Her children have the typical goals of seventies teens, including forming a popular rock band and seeing the world. Kudos go to Thomas Dekker who plays the flamboyantly gay son of the Louds who lives in New York and frequently feels embroiled in the judgment of the public but never of his family. They accept him for who he is, while his mother also doesn't want to completely give up her son for who he really is for the public eye to watch over. Though much of the conflict is typical of these kind of stars in their eyes protagonists, it's the family itself and Lane's hinging performance that make this so encapsulating. The ending is a little anti-climactic, but perhaps that's just because there just wasn't enough story to tell. Though it covers the backlash against the Loud family it still could have gone farther. For such a pointed story, Lane really brought everything upon herself to make this film the gem that it is.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A decent film that portrays the controversial behind-the-scenes of the first reality show on American television, a risky format that would become what now is highly popular in the whole world. The highlights include the accurate '70s visuals and the solid performances.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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