- A term used in the early 20th-century British theater to describethe new fashion for realism on stage. It alludes to the advent ofthe first motion pictures. Max Beerbohm, reviewing the firstproduction of John Galsworthy's Justice in 1910, wrote in theSaturday Review: "'Cinematographic' they call it. Soit is, in a sense. We really do, in seeing it, have the sensationof seeing reproduced exactly things that have happened in actual life.In the first act of Justice we do not feel that we are seeingan accurate presentment of the humdrum of a lawyer's office: we arein a lawyer's office. We are haunted by it all afterwards asby an actual experience..."