French movie terms
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Lights! Camera! Action (verbs)! Learn French vocabulary related to movies, cinemas, and the Cannes film festival.

movie theater un cinĂ©ma
movie, film un film
action movie un film d’action
adventure movie un film d’aventures
animated movie un film d’animation
biopic un film biographique
comedy une comĂ©die, un film comique
cop movie un film policier
documentary un documentaire
drama un drame
horror movie un film d’Ă©pouvante, d’horreur
martial arts movie un film d’art martiaux
musical une comĂ©die musicale
period drama un film d’Ă©poque
romantic movie un film romantique
sci-fi movie un film de science-fiction
silent movie un film muet
war movie un film de guerre
western un western
actor un acteur, un interprète
actress une actrice, une interprète
cast list la distribution
extra un figurant, une figurante
female lead, leading actress le premier rĂ´le fĂ©minin
male lead, leading actor le premier rĂ´le
star une vedette
supporting actor un second rĂ´le
supporting actress un second rĂ´le fĂ©minin
walk-on part/role une silhouette
camera operator un camĂ©raman, un cadreur
une cadreuse
cinematographer un directeur de la photo(graphie)
une directrice …
designer un dĂ©corateur
une décoratrice
director un rĂ©alisateur
une réalisatrice
director of photography un directeur de la photo(graphie)
une directrice …
editor un monteur
une monteuse
executive producer un producteur exĂ©cutif
une productrice exécutive
film-maker un cinĂ©aste
une cinéaste
hair stylist un coiffeur
une coiffeuse
line producer, assistant director un rĂ©gisseur
une régisseuse
make-up artist un maquilleur
une maquilleuse
producer un producteur
une productrice
screenwriter un scĂ©nariste
une scénariste
sound-effects engineer un bruiteur
une bruiteuse
sound engineer, sound recorder un preneur de son
une preneuse de son
Scenes and ShotsScènes et Plans
close up un plan rapprochĂ© / serrĂ©
continuity le raccord
dissolve, fade un fondu
frame un cadre
freeze frame un arrĂŞt sur image
in shot dans le champ
off-camera hors champ
on location en extĂ©rieur
on set en dĂ©cor, studio
panning un panoramique
set un tournage
to add sound effects bruiter
to cut couper
to direct diriger
to edit monter
to film, shoot (a movie, scene) tourner (un film, une scène)
to frame a shot cadrer
to perform, act interprĂ©ter
to produce produire
to project, show projeter
to see voir
to watch regarder
bad movie un navet (literally, "a turnip")
blockbuster un film Ă  grand succès
cinema (as a concept) le septième art
coming soon prochainement
crane une grue
credits, theme music le gĂ©nĂ©rique
dubbed into French
VF (version française)
editing le montage
feature film un long mĂ©trage
filmmaking la rĂ©alisation
lighting l’Ă©clairage (m)
Lights, camera, action! ~ Silence, moteur, action !
red carpet la montĂ©e des marches
screenplay un scĂ©nario
short film un court mĂ©trage
show(ing) une sĂ©ance
showing, playing, on screen Ă  l’affiche
soundtrack la bande sonore
sound effects le bruitage
special effects le truquage
story board un dĂ©coupage
subtitled into French
VO (version originale)
le Festival de Cannes Cannes Film Festival
la Croisette "little cross," promenade which is the center of activity during the festival
une sĂ©lection officielle official festival selection
Un certain regard "a certain consideration," category for particularly innovative films
la Palme d’Or "golden palm," highest award given at Cannes

 Movie Vocab Quiz

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