American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A book, movie, or television program presenting a fictional story that incorporates many factual details or actual events.
“This time capsule of escalating Cold War paranoia is rendered in the once-voguish "semidocumentary" style, providing terrific glimpses of 1948 San Francisco.”
“Having been involved in forms of propaganda, and having observed Carol Reed at work, I was fairly well equipped to deal with a semidocumentary subject of this nature, and I was at home with the more or less academic camera techniques of the time.”
“It all started with a semidocumentary called Mein Kampf - My Crintes in which I played Van Der Lubbe, the half-Aitted Dutchman blamed for the burning of the Reichstag.”
“After a five-season run on NBC, Jack Webb's semidocumentary series about Los Angeles County paramedics left the air in late 1977.”
“This 1947 semidocumentary is based on the true story of a Connecticut district attorney who has second thoughts about his own case against a man accused of murder.”
“Filmed in semidocumentary style, Southland is reminiscent of several other series, including ER (frequent ER director Christopher Chulack directed the premiere), Boomtown and The Shield, although Southland can't match The Shield's breathing-down-your-neck atmosphere.”
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