Cinema Verite

2011

Cinema Verite

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

Cast

Tim Robbins
as Bill Loud
Diane Lane
as Pat Loud
James Gandolfini
as Craig Gilbert
Patrick Fugit
as Alan Raymond
Kathleen Quinlan
as Mary Every
Shanna Collins
as Susan Raymond
Thomas Dekker
as Lance Loud
Johnny Simmons
as Kevin Loud
Nick Eversman
as Grant Loud
Caitlin Custer
as Delilah Loud
Kaitlyn Dever
as Michele Loud
Jake Richardson
as Tommy Goodwin
Matt O'Leary
as Cameron
Willam Belli
as Candy Darling
Kyle Riabko
as Jackie Curtis
Richard Fancy
as Network President
Cory Blevins
as Production Executive
Don R. McManus
as Talk Show Moderator
Colin Campbell
as Political Analyst
Robert Curtis Brown
as Anthropologist Commentator
Dawn Hudson
as Morning Show Commentator
Mike Rad
as Chelsea Desk Clerk
Patrick O'Connor
as MOMA Curator
Sean O'Bryan
as Johnny Hall
Michelle Morgan
as Val's Salesgirl
Aliya Carter
as PBS Assistant
Emilio Rivera
as Nightwatchman
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Critic Reviews for Cinema Verite

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  • Nov 05, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2013
    Inspired by the work of Margaret Mead, documentary filmmaker Craig Gilbert(James Gandolfini) has an idea for a teleivsion series to capture an average American family going about their everyday lives on film, worried as he is about any future cultural impact the Partridge Family might have. He is introduced to Pat Loud(Diane Lane, apparently stuck in 1973) through a mutual friend. She agrees to participate, even with the logistical nightmare of her husband Bill's(Tim Robbins) frequent business trips. The filming starts with her visiting their son Lance(Thomas Dekker) at some place called the Chelsea Hotel in New York. Like their previous "American Splendor," Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini take another pointed look at the thin line between fact and fiction with "Cinema Verite," grounded by a very strong performance from Diane Lane. Normally, I would prefer the real footage(which I have never seen) but aside from making me feel uneasy, I would rather go with this dramatizaion since the viewer can see how intrusive the cameras were into the Loud family household. As seen here, at the time of the filming, it did not change their lives that much, only after, of which even Gilbert was not immune. At least, unlike those who came later, they had no idea what was going to happen and I wonder if somebody was wondering at the time if people actually watched public television.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2012
    An uneven but interesting film from HBO about the behind-the-scenes making of the first family reality TV show. The acting from all is strong, especially Tim Robbins, but the writing sometimes lets them down, with some stilted dialogue. I did like the film's use of archival footage, which was often more compelling, but felt its integration was inconsistent. What really made the film work, however, was the authentic dynamics between those involved, and the especially thought provoking end of the film, exploring the show's aftermath. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2012
    An American Family was television's first reality show and Cinema Verite captures the making of the groundbreaking PBS TV documentary with this very well acted drama. While the story has some bumpy moments as it tries to cram in a complicated tale into 90 minutes the film serves as an excellent primer for the real thing. So, if you have 12 hours take a look at the real thing which detailed the break up of an upper middle class American family while opening up questions about the intrusion of cameras into American lives.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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