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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Cinema and Theater

Here you will learn all the essential words for talking about Cinema and Theater, collected specifically for level C2 learners.

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
backlot
[noun]
an outdoor area in a movie studio, where large exterior sets are constructed and some scenes are shot
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interlude
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a short interval between parts of a play, movie, etc.
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fourth wall
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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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ad lib
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a line that is recited in a speech or performance without prior preparation
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green room
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a room in a theater, a studio, etc. in which performers can relax while not performing
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cameo
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a minor role that is played by a well-known actor
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outtake
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a piece of raw footage that is recorded but is not used in the final edited version of a movie, TV program, etc.
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storyboarding
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the process of creating a set of pictures or drawings depicting the outline of the plot of a movie, TV series, etc.
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rough cut
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the first version of editing a movie, after different scenes are assembled
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curtain call
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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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read-through
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a preparatory session during which actors read the words of a play before beginning to practice it on the stage
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scene-shifting
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a method used in theater production that indicates a change of the setting
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set piece
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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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spoof
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a genre of film characterized by humorous or satirical imitation of other films, genres, or cultural phenomena
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weepy
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a sad movie, play, book, etc. that is too sentimental and makes the audience cry
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vaudeville
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a type of comic theatrical production combining pantomime, dance, singing, etc. popular in the 1800s and early 1900s
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film noir
[noun]
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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Bouffon
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a style of physical theater that satirizes social and political issues through exaggerated, grotesque performances and audience interaction
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mise-en-scene
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the visual arrangement of elements in a film scene such as set design and lighting,
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proscenium
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the wall separating the audience and the stage in a theater hall, including the arch on its top
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foley
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the art of creating and recording sound effects in a studio setting to be added to a film or video
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dramaturgy
[noun]
the art or technique of dramatic composition and theatrical production
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epilogue
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a concluding speech at the end of a play that is addressed directly to the audience, often in verse
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troupe
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a group of performers, especially actors or dancers, who work together as a collective entity
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auteur
[noun]
a director who has such a significant influence and personal style on a film that is considered their author
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cinema verite
[noun]
a style of documentary filmmaking that emphasizes capturing real-life situations and events with minimal interference or intervention
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neo-noir
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a subgenre of film noir with a contemporary setting, complex characters, and elements of other genres, while still featuring a dark and pessimistic tone
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soliloquy
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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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aside
[noun]
an actor's line that is told to the audience but the other characters on the stage are not intended to hear
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cliffhanger
[noun]
an ending to an episode of a series that keeps the audience in suspense
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