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(ˈfoʊ təˌpleɪ)

1. a motion picture.
2. the scenario for it; screenplay.
[1910–15, Amer.]
pho′to•play`er, n.


a photoplay or dramatic narrative illustrated with or related through photographs.
See also: Drama, Photography
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The photodrama was a disappointment to Warner Brothers, but Penn felt vindicated when French critics lauded this psychological Western.
Industrial Commission of Ohio (1915) ruling that photodrama was entertainment rather than information and thus subject to state censorship.
For starters, the 1928 silent film, The Wind, evaluates both the novel and photodrama of a social document that, historically, was ahead of its time, while The Grapes of Wrath, the gritty social protest story about the plight of the Okies, contains numerous latent Western motifs, Tulsa, the oil field film, examines industrial expansion, and Pale Rider--a copycat version of Shane--serves as a morality tale.
Tsutsui examines the Godzilla motion picture franchise (there are a total of twenty-nine such films) that resulted from the international success of the initial photodrama.
During the Second World War--while Allied troops were routing their foreign enemies in those faraway places with strange sounding names--the Hollywood motion picture industry, mandated by numerous governmental directives, turned out one photodrama after another to reaffirm stateside America's role in the global strife.
In every large city, offbeat movie houses continue to find enthusiastic crowds who enjoy a nonviolent photodrama imbrued with a linear storyline that, basically, mirrors the human condition.
When speaking of this photodrama, he recalled, "I felt it was my baby, I bled for that film to get made.
Clearly there is no argument about the media's pervasive influence in shaping (or altering) human behavior and this impeccably researched book wisely categorizes the many human traits found in popular photodramas.
Beginning with the Great War (later, known as World War I), the real issue of America's trench warfare still remains unfathomable even though numerous books, photodramas, and stage productions have proffered numerous interpretations.
As such, photodramas of the era reflected this benevolence and none more so than the runaway/travelogue romance, where in the good American goes abroad for cultural enlightenment through travel and, of course, love.
Gideon Nisbet's book--a survey of selected mass-market films set in Ancient Greece--focuses on pictures made over the last fifty years for English speaking audiences, explaining why photodramas about the Greeks are largely absent from the American and British cinema.
However the final chapter tends to contradict this message, as Chopra-Gant argues that photodramas such as Gangs of New York (2002) and World Trade Center (2006) offer "a simplified and hyperbolic vision of the past" which might prove potentially damaging, in view of the fact that films are "the dominant source of information [.