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Topic: PHOTOGRAPHY

Language: Old English
Origin: filmen 'thin skin'

film

1 noun
     
film1 S2 W1
1 [countable] a story that is told using sound and moving pictures, shown at a cinema or on television [= movie American English]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
watch/see a film appear/star in a film show/screen a film make/shoot a film film premiere (=the first time when a film is shown)
Have you seen any good films recently?
We stayed in to watch the late-night film.
film about
a film about a young dancer
a special screening of the film for critics
a Hollywood film premiere
Poitier starred in the classic film 'In the Heat of the Night'.
2 [uncountable] moving pictures of real events that are shown on television or at a cinema:
newsreel film
the race to be first with film footage (=pictures) of news events
3 [uncountable] the work of making films, considered as an art or a business:
I'm interested in photography and film.
the film industry
a background in film and animation
4TCP [uncountable and countable] the thin plastic used in a camera for taking photographs or recording moving pictures:
I shot five rolls of film on vacation.
record/capture/preserve something on film
The whole incident was recorded on film.
5 [singular] a very thin layer of liquid, powder etc on the surface of something
film of
a film of oil on the surface of the water
clingfilmWORD 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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