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A motion picture or motion picture theater

Common clues: Film; French film; Movie; Movie theater; Cannes showing; Movies, to Fellini; Motion picture

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 43259 / 86800

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Video: Roundhay Garden Scene

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder ~ Alfred Hitchcock

A film, also called a movie or motion picture, is a series of still or moving images. It is produced by recording photographic images with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or visual effects. The process of filmmaking has developed into an art form and industry.

A frame from Roundhay Garden Scene, the world's earliest film produced using a motion picture camera, by Louis Le Prince, 1888

Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures, which reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment and a powerful method for educating — or indoctrinating — citizens. The visual elements of cinema give motion pictures a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitles that translate the dialogue into the language of the viewer.

Films are made up of a series of individual images called frames. When these images are shown rapidly in succession, a viewer has the illusion that motion is occurring. The viewer cannot see the flickering between frames due to an effect known as persistence of vision, whereby the eye retains a visual image for a fraction of a second after the source has been removed. Viewers perceive motion due to a psychological effect called beta movement.

The origin of the name "film" comes from the fact that photographic film (also called film stock) has historically been the primary medium for recording and displaying motion pictures. Many other terms exist for an individual motion picture, including picture, picture show, moving picture, photo-play and flick. A common name for film in the United States is movie, while in Europe the term film is preferred. Additional terms for the field in general include the big screen, the silver screen, the cinema and the movies.

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CINE (96) 16 We >1 06 Motion picture FILM

12 Th >1 06 Film

7 We+ >1 09 French film

7 We- >1 05 Movie FILM SHOW

7 We >1 99 Movie theater

7 Th- >1 99 Theater

5 We >1 03 Cannes showing

08 French movies

2 Th- >1 07 Art film theater

2 Tu- >1 08 Art-film theater

2 We >1 09 Cannes film

2 Th >1 09 Cannes subject

2 Fr- NYT 87 Movies, to Fellini

2 Th- NYT 93 Spanish movie house

1 Mo NYT 04 Art movie theater

1 Th NYS 04 Cannes do?

1 Th NYT 08 Cannes presentation

1 Th WaP 05 Film theater

1 Fr CSy 07 Film venue

1 Tu NYT 88 Film: Comb form

1 Fr CSy 07 Flick site

1 We CSy 02 Foreign film venue

1 Th NYT 08 François Truffaut's field

1 Th NYT 94 French theater

1 Th Rea 02 French theatre