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blue film

A film that contains graphic sexual content. The use of "blue" to mean lewd or indecent dates from the mid-1800s, though the origin is unclear. A lot of kids at school got in trouble for trading blue films.
See also: blue, film

popcorn film

A film that is entertaining to watch but is generally not of a very high quality or rich in emotional or intellectual depth. A: "So what film do you want to go see later?" B: "I don't feel like watching anything too heavy or complex—let's just see whatever popcorn film is out."
See also: film, popcorn

tentpole film

A film with a very large budget and production value that is meant to provide substantial revenue to the production company. Big blockbusters used to be quite the rare cinematic event, but we've gotten to the point now where there's a tentpole film coming out nearly every weekend of the year.
See also: film, tentpole

film at 11

A phrase used in broadcast journalism during clips of news stories that are to be featured in greater detail later (when a news program airs, traditionally at 11 PM). Although it was once reserved for serious news stories, the phrase is often used now in a joking or sarcastic manner in conversation or news parodies. A five-alarm fire engulfs a historical landmark—film at 11. Ooh, Jill and Megan are fighting again! Film at 11!
See also: 11, film

film over

[for something] to develop a film on its surface. The windows had filmed over because of all the humidity. Her eyes filmed over with the cold.
See also: film

snuff film

n. a film that records an actual death or killing. Some of these snuff films have a loyal following of real sickies.
See also: film, snuff
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A decade later, the Horn of Africa and Nile Delta provided the oneiric setting for his first fiction film, Empty Quarter: Une femme en Afrique (1984-85), which was followed by the fictionalization of the Claustre affair, La captive du desert (1989), filmed in the southern Sahara.
In addition, in an effort to halt the exodus of film industry jobs from California to Canada and other states, the Governor announced his support for a 15 percent tax credit on the cost of wages for employees working on motion pictures filmed in California.
A 13-year film industry veteran, Schwartz joins IFC having most recently served as director of Marketing and Finance for Polygram Filmed Entertainment and USA Films.
Without that resonance there is no voyage to undertake; what will be filmed will remain flat, unconvincing, a kind of Sunday painter's landscape.
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It was filmed no fewer than three times by three different cinematographers in the fall of 1896.
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PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE) has formed PolyGram Films, a new motion picture distribution company, to release major studio level features in the domestic market, announced Michael Kuhn, president of PFE.
It was filmed in Spanish and several indigenous languages and will be released in the United States with English subtitles.