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Cinema Verite (2011)

12 | | Drama | TV Movie 23 April 2011
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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show.


David Seltzer
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Kaitlyn Dever ... Michelle Loud
Diane Lane ... Pat Loud
Tim Robbins ... Bill Loud
James Gandolfini ... Craig Gilbert
Kathleen Quinlan ... Mary
Lolita Davidovich ... Val
Patrick Fugit ... Alan Raymond
Shanna Collins ... Susan Raymond
Johnny Simmons ... Kevin Loud
Willam Belli ... Candy
Thomas Dekker ... Lance Loud
Molly Hagan ... Kaye
Emilio Rivera ... Watchman
Matt O'Leary ... Cameron
Don McManus ... Moderator


A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show.

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Release Date:

23 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinema Verite - Das wahre Leben See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films, Pariah See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Craig Gilbert, portrayed here by James Gandolfini, was the award-winning documentary filmmaker who created, wrote, directed, and produced the original An American Family (1973) series on PBS. Thanks to the controversy surrounding the iconic series, it would prove to be his final credit. See more »


The Louds' Mercedes has a California plate with the number style 1AAA000. These plates did not appear until 1980. See more »


Featured in The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2011) See more »


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Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by Nick Eversman
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Extremely slight--and variably performed--but still entertaining...
30 January 2012 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Modest, minor cable-made docudrama from directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini chronicles the would-be sturm and drang behind-the-scenes of PBS's "American Family", an eleven-hour series from 1971 which chronicled the lives of The Louds of Santa Barbara, CA. Justifiably famous as the first "reality TV" family, this bunch (mom, dad, and their amiable teenage kids) brought in big ratings for 'the education network', even though their lives were fairly typical and ordinary. Picked out of a society column by an ambitious producer, the Louds were followed around by a small camera-crew for some 78 days--to fill eleven hours of air-time--yet high drama was hard to come by (patriarch Bill Loud had the wandering eye; eldest son Lance Loud was a flamboyant singer who had already moved to New York City when production began; while spouse Pat Loud, strong and confident, was the glue who kept kids and husband together). There wasn't much happening behind--nor in front of!--the lens, except for some mild flirting between Pat and the crafty, cunning producer, and Pat's discovery that her husband had been carrying on affairs with a number of different women. The editors of the actual show had a tough time piecing together enough watchable product, while this rendering of events, penned by the estimable David Seltzer, suffers the same fate. The groovy production-design is spot-on, and Diane Lane has several strong moments portraying Pat...yet this American family simply wasn't cliffhanger material. It all seems much ado about nothing.

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