Behind the Scenes

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Behind the Scenes

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
community theaternoun

the activity of acting in or producing a play in a theater as a hobby and not a profession

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ad libnoun

a line that is recited in a speech or performance without prior preparation

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comedy of mannersnoun

a comic play, movie, book, etc. that portrays the behaviors of a particular social class, satirizing them

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montagenoun

a technique or process of selecting, editing and pasting separate footage in order to create a motion picture

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premierenoun

the first public screening or performance of a movie or play

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melodramanoun

a play, story, etc. that involves exciting events and is filled with exaggerated emotions

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matineenoun

a musical or dramatic performance that takes place in daytime, especially in the afternoon

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curtain callnoun

the time after a play or show has just ended when the performers come to the stage to receive the applause of the audience

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to dramatizeverb

to make a movie or write a play based on a book or event

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surtitlenoun

translated words projected above or next to the stage on a screen in an opera or play

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soliloquynoun

a speech that a character in a dramatic play gives in the form of a monologue as a series of inner reflections spoken out loud

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stage directionnoun

a text in the script of a play, giving an instruction regarding the movement, position, etc. of actors

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revivalnoun

a new performance of something old that has not been performed for a long time, such as a play

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to promptverb

assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

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to enact
to enactverb

to act a role in a motion picture or perform a play on stage

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interpretationnoun

a representation that an actor or a performer gives of an artistic or musical piece that shows their understanding and feeling toward it

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to overactverb

to act a role in an exaggerated way that is not natural

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to miscastverb

to assign the roles of a play, motion picture, etc. to unsuitable actors

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read-throughnoun

a preparatory session during which actors read the words of a play before beginning to practice it on the stage

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to put onverb

to produce or present a play, a show, etc.

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rehearsalnoun

a session of practice in which performers prepare themselves for a public performance of a concert, play, etc.

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to portrayverb

to play the role of a character in a movie, play, etc.

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adaptationnoun

a movie, TV program, etc. that is based on a book or play

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art directornoun

someone who is in charge of the artistic features, such as props and costumes of a movie or play

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dramatistnoun

someone who writes plays for the TV, radio, or theater

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balconynoun

an upper floor in a theater or cinema where there are seats for the audience

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offstageadjective

situated or taking place in the area of a stage not visible to the audience

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set piecenoun

a set of scenes in a motion picture, novel, etc. that could be regarded independently and are very elaborate or complex

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blockbusternoun

a thing that achieves great commercial success, particularly a movie, book, or other product

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cinematographynoun

the art and methods of film-making, especially the photographic aspect and camerawork

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costume drama
costume dramanoun

a motion picture or theatrical production with a historical setting in which the actors wear the costume appropriate to that time period

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creditnoun

(used plural) a list of names at the beginning or at the end of a TV program or movie acknowledging the contributors in making that program

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to fictionalizeverb

make into fiction

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film noirnoun

a type of movie involving crime including shadowy footage and dark background music that depicted cynical characters caught in dangerous situations

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fourth wallnoun

an imaginary barrier that separates the mise en scene and the fictional characters from the audience, especially in a theatrical performance

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intermissionnoun

a short pause between parts of a play, movie, etc.

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interludenoun

a short performance that is presented between two longer pieces

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epiloguenoun

a concluding speech at the end of a play that is addressed directly to the audience, often in verse

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understudynoun

an actor who practices the lines of another actor in order to replace them if necessary

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telefilmnoun

a movie that is intended to be broadcast on TV, rather than being projected on the screen

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