Definition of semi-documentary in English:


Line breaks: semi-documen¦tary
Pronunciation: /sɛmɪdɒkjʊˈmɛnt(ə)ri


  • (Of a film) having a factual background and a fictitious story.
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    • Experimental, semi-documentary film, showing London's East End through the lives of two deaf-mutes.
    • In order to salute the real-life equivalents of its subjects, the film affects a semi-documentary style, casts character actresses rather than stars in the leads, and uses genuine military personnel as walk-ons.
    • Originating from a New York café conversation Marston had with a former mule, the film has a semi-documentary feel and projects the authenticity of careful research.


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  • A semi-documentary film.
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    • His fiction films (as opposed to certain of his documentaries or semi-documentaries) are rather pale and weak as a result.
    • An experimental film shot on a digital video camera, it's a semi-documentary on the life of Indonesian poet Kadir.
    • A semi-documentary about the Algerian revolution against French rule, and the harsh but effective measures employed by the French to crush the resistance.

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