naturalism naturalism  /ˈnæ tʃə rə ˌlɪ zəm/


  1. (n) (philosophy) the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations
  2. (n) an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description

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  1. Seen this way, the defenseless movie is reduced to a Rorschach inkblot, an excuse for prolonging the debate between fantasy and naturalism.
  2. What makes Tomine's work difficult for some is the naturalism.
  3. It has nothing of the exaggerated manga style, instead embracing a naturalism that reflects the stories.


  • Movie review: 'All is Bright,' 3 stars

    Watching "All is Bright" is like stepping in a time capsule and popping out in a movie theater sometime between the late '60s and mid-'70s, the height of post-studio system American naturalism.
    on October 4, 2013     Source: amNewYork


  1. "Stalin, Hitler and Mao were responsible for the deaths of tens of millions - and it can be shown they did this because of the influence of Darwinian naturalism......," Ham writes.
    on Feb 8, 2008 By: Ken Ham Source: Forbes

  2. "We walked around. I talked to him about movies. I would talk to him about Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando . . . you know, these guys that revolutionized film acting in terms of naturalism. . . . He basically didn't know who they were. And it's...
    on Nov 22, 2009 By: Viggo Mortensen Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

  3. "Bob was just insistent on absolute naturalism and realism," Damon said in New York. "He's a student of human behavior. I've never seen an actor as famous as him walk into a room and do what he does, which is he just disappears. He absolutely...
    on Dec 17, 2006 By: Matt Damon Source: United Press International

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