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Topic: FILM

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: cinematograph 'movie camera, movie show' (19-20 centuries), from French cinématographe, from Greek kinema 'movement' + French -graphe 'recording instrument'

cinema

noun
     
cin‧e‧ma S3
1 [countable] especially British EnglishAMF a building in which films are shown [= movie theater American English]
It's on at the local cinema.
2

the cinema

British English if you go to the cinema, you go to a cinema to see a film:
We decided to go to the cinema.
3 [singular,uncountable]AMF the skill or industry of making films:
a leading figure in Italian cinema
WORD FOCUS: film WORD FOCUS: film
types of film: comedy, romantic comedy, drama, thriller, western, action film, horror film, war film, art house film, silent film, feature film

films that use drawings or models: cartoon, animation, animated film

films in general: cinema

where you go to see a film : cinema British English/movie theater American English, multiplex

the people in a film: actor, actress, star, cast

the people who make a film: director, producer, film crew, cameraman/camerawoman, scriptwriter

the music for a film: soundtrack

the words and the instructions to the actors: screenplay

a short film advertising another film: trailer


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