celluloid celluloid  /ˈsɛ lə ˌlɔ ɪd/


  1. (n) highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
  2. (n) a medium that disseminates moving pictures
  3. (adj) artificial as if portrayed in a film



  1. Shooting on celluloid had become unaffordable, and the nascent film industry, Adesanya notes, made its last commercial feature in 1991.
  2. Think of them as Bollywood's Father, Son and Holy Babe, a powerful trinity of actors in a country whose celluloid celebrities are revered as near-gods.
  3. A celluloid ball, light and fragile as a frozen bubble, flicked across the green table.


  1. 'World War Z': A look back at the early years of zombie flicks

    With “World World Z” off to a strong start at the box office -- both globally and at its Thursday night domestic opening, where it took in $3.6 million -- it seemed time to track the shambling forebears of the celluloid walking dead.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Film calendar

    Reel World Cinema: The theme for this late-spring series of films is "The Celluloid West -- Revisited," six award-winning westerns. The...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Everett Herald

  3. Movie role 15 years ago still overshadows Ray Allen's big shots

    Even after Tuesday's big shot, Miami Heat guard will still be remembered as celluloid basketball star Jesus Shuttlesworth.        
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Sun-Sentinel

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  1. "Not only she has written a great script, I was shocked to see how beautifully she has made the film. It's a very complicated story with many layers and bringing it to the celluloid was a very difficult job," said Aamir.
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Aamir Khan Source: Times of India

  2. "But then, I've been told it's because Japanese actresses look weak and diluted on celluloid -- they're often uncomfortable about coming on strong," Kikuchi told the Japan Times.
    on Apr 18, 2007 By: Rinko Kikuchi Source: Channel News Asia

  3. He also said of his own films, "There are a few better than others, half a dozen, but it's a surprising paucity of worthwhile celluloid," and named his favorites as Purple Rose of Cairo, Match Point, Bullets Over Broadway, Zelig, Husbands and...
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Woody Allen Source: Gothamist

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