semidocumentary
noun Date: 1939 a motion picture that uses many details taken from actual events or situations in presenting a fictional story • semidocumentary adjective

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  • Semidocumentary — is a form of book, film, or television program presenting a fictional story that incorporates many factual details or actual events, or which is presented in a manner similar to a documentary.One of the first films of this kind was The House on… …   Wikipedia

  • semidocumentary — [sem΄idäk΄yo͞o ment′ə rē] n. a film in which the technical style of a documentary is applied to a fictional subject, or, sometimes, to the dramatization of the story of a real person or situation, so as to add authenticity and realism …   English World dictionary

  • semidocumentary — /ˌsɛmidɒkjəˈmɛntəri/ (say .semeedokyuh mentuhree) adjective 1. (of a film) having both documentary and imaginary elements, as a fictional story with an actual background. –noun 2. a semidocumentary film …   Australian English dictionary

  • semidocumentary — I. “+ noun Etymology: semi + documentary : a motion picture that sets a fictional story in a factual background or tells a story true to the type of an actual story or true in outline but not literally true II. adjective : of or characteristic of …   Useful english dictionary

  • semidocumentary — adj., n., pl. semidocumentaries. * * * …   Universalium

  • semidocumentary — 1. noun a drama (film, book or TV) that presents a fictional story incorporating many factual details or actual events 2. adjective of such a drama …   Wiktionary

  • semidocumentary — n. film or television program or book which is fictional but is based on or uses factual details or actual events …   English contemporary dictionary

  • semidocumentary — semi·documentary …   English syllables

  • motion picture, history of the — Introduction       history of the medium from the 19th century to the present. Early years, 1830–1910 Origins       The illusion of motion pictures is based on the optical phenomena known as persistence of vision and the phi phenomenon. The first …   Universalium

  • Police procedural — The police procedural is a piece of detective fiction which attempts to convincingly depict the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. While traditional detective novels usually concentrate on a single crime, police procedurals… …   Wikipedia

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