a cinematographic effect in which a filter, vaseline or gauze-like substance placed over the camera lens reduces the clarity or sharpness of focus, blurs the image, and produces a diffused, hazy light; often used to enhance romantic or dreamy scenes, or to remove wrinkle lines from an actor's face
  Example: often used in the 1930s; also in the love scene at the French plantation in Apocalypse Now Redux (1979 and 2001)

Glossary of cinematic terms . 2015.

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