One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a movie) having a factual background and a fictitious story.
- ‘Experimental, semi-documentary film, showing London's East End through the lives of two deaf-mutes.’
- ‘The result is an exhilarating, energetic film combining a semi-documentary feel with an exceptionally high standard of acting.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The semi-documentary movie traces the odyssey of a young Minnesotan who journeys to Roswell for the annual alien festival.’
- ‘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.’
A semidocumentary movie.
- ‘An experimental film shot on a digital video camera, it's a semi-documentary on the life of Indonesian poet Kadir.’
- ‘Its strong simple story is interwoven with elliptical, semi-documentary still shots of life in the desert and portraits of our beautiful characters.’
- ‘The film is variously described as drama-documentary, semi-documentary, neo-realist and all variations in between.’
- ‘His fiction films (as opposed to certain of his documentaries or semi-documentaries) are rather pale and weak as a result.’
- ‘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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