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HBO Cinema Verite Preview – An American Family

Posted by ImaJustSaying on April 21, 2011


Cinema Verite is an upcoming American television film produced by HBO Films and starring Diane Lane and Tim Robbins. The film tells the story of the filming of An American Family, a 1973 PBS documentary television series that followed the lives of the Loud family. An American Family has been called one of the earliest examples of the reality television genre. Principal photography was completed in Southern California, with additional filming in New York City, in summer 2010. James Gandolfini and Kathleen Quinlan co-star in the film.   The film will debut on HBO on April 23, 2011.

The series was famous for not only capturing the idea of the American nuclear family in the early 70s, but for chronicling the members’ many problems — and even causing a few. James Gandolfini (one of HBO’s current heroes) stars as Gilbert, a guy who created an entire television genre. The Louds are played by Tim Robbins, Diane Lane, Thomas Dekker, Caitlin Custer, Nick Eversman and Justified‘s little Kaitlyn Dever. And in a casting stroke-of-genius side note, look for James Urbaniak as Dick Cavett.

An American Family presented the TV nation with divorce, homosexuality… real issues they weren’t seeing on popular sitcoms (um, The Brady Bunch) at that same time. In 2002, TV Guide listed the 12-episode series at #32 on their 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

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One Response to “HBO Cinema Verite Preview – An American Family”

  1. Rosie said

    I heard about this on The View this week. I never saw the original, but the story/movie looks really good. I have my TiVo set.

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