The column had previously praised Furst's score as operatic and the "greatest modern composition for the photodrama
As late as 1920, Exhibitors Herald continued to fight against the word movie, lobbying in vain for widespread acceptance of alternate terms like "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
. These series of films (the Japanese term kaiju eiga, more precisely daikaiju, refers to this particular genre) reflected the changing demographics of the Japanese audiences in the 1960s and 1970s.
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.
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
. In all, Donald and MacDonald have listed 143 war titles, elucidating how specific scenes, either directly or indirectly, knead, shape, and inculcate youthful behavior.
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.