Cinema Verite (2011)
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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 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
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Critic Reviews for Cinema Verite
... an engaging and accomplished production and its coda offers yet another perspective on the show, the controversy, and the complexity of the characters ...
Best to focus on the real standouts here: the excellence of the casting and performances.
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.
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.
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.
Cinema Verite Quotes
|Pat Loud:||The hardest thing that I cn think of in life is disappointing the people I love the most in the whole world.|
|Craig Gilbert:||No one has ever done this before. So if anyone should be asking what the point is, it should be me of having to beg to finance what could be the most grounding breaking ten hours of TV ever put on the air.|
|Pat Loud:||When Bill would go away, I was just left at home with my own worst fears. Finally, I decided what I needed to do was to keep Bill home, and show him and the world that his family was an indestructible thing.|
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