A docudrama or docu-drama is a type of work (usually a film or television show) that combines elements of documentary and drama, to some extent showing real events and to some extent using actors performing set pieces to take dramatic liberty with events. ...more on Wikipedia about "Docudrama"
Documation is an abbreviation for "animated documentary." ...more on Wikipedia about "Documation"
A doomsday movie is a motion picture which tells the story of an actual or fictitious doomsday event and/or its aftermath. This event may be global in scale or a more localized catastrophe—such as the destruction of a city—which can serve as a dramatic microcosm of a full-scale doomsday event. Alternatively, a doomsday movie may tell a suspenseful story in which a doomsday event is narrowly averted. The doomsday theme can be regarded as defining a distinct sub-genre of such broader genres as suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, action, disaster, war, or adventure movies. The brief roster of doomsday comedies includes Dr. Strangelove, with its black humor, Ghostbusters, and Mars Attacks!. ...more on Wikipedia about "Doomsday movie"
A drama documentary is a relatively new form of drama. It bears many similarities to a mockumentary. However, whereas these tend to be parodies, drama documentaries usually have a more serious standing. They are often used to analyze current events and issues, in a similar way that businesses use scenario planning. ...more on Wikipedia about "Drama documentary"
A drama is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. In a good drama film, the audience are able to experience what other characters are feeling and identify with someone. ...more on Wikipedia about "Drama film"
The Edgar Wallace movies are motion pictures based on the works of British novelist and playwright Edgar Wallace. ...more on Wikipedia about "Edgar Wallace movies"
Ephemeral film, as defined by film archivist Rick Prelinger, is film made for a specific purpose other than as a work of art: the films were designed to serve a specific pragmatic purpose for a limited time. That is, the genre excludes most well-known film genres such as western film and comedies, and is composed of e.g. advertising films, educational films, industrial films, police training films, social guidance films, government-produced films, home movies and amateur films, among others. Prelinger estimates that the genre includes perhaps 400,000 films and, as such, is the largest genre of films, but that one-third to one-half of the films have been lost to neglect. Many ephemeral films are also grouped under the term "orphan films," since they lack copyright owners or active custodians to guarantee their longterm preservation. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ephemeral film" shortopedia, the smart choice.
The epic film is a film genre featuring movies with large production values and dramatic themes. The name is derived by comparison with the grand themes, stories and characters of epic poetry. ...more on Wikipedia about "Epic film"
Exploitation films, exploitative films or trash cinema is the name given to a genre of films, extant since the earliest days of moviemaking, but popularized in the 1970s. Since the 1990s, this genre has also received attention from academic circles, where it is sometimes called paracinema. Exploitation films may adopt the subject matters and stylings of other film genres (particularly documentary films or horror films), but are themselves recognized as a genre by the fact that they typically sacrifice traditional notions of artistic merit for the sensational display of some topic about which the audience may be curious, or have some prurient interest. Thematically, exploitation films are influenced by other so-called exploitative media like pulp magazines. Evidence of exploitation films' influence on contemporary cinema is mirrored in films such as Kill Bill by director Quentin Tarantino, who is a declared lover of exploitation cinema. ...more on Wikipedia about "Exploitation film"
A family film is a film that has been carefully written, directed, cast and acted so that it will appeal to the all members of a typical family (or if not typical, at least representing the cultural ideal): ...more on Wikipedia about "Family film"
Fantastique is a French term for a literary and cinematic genre that overlaps with parts of science fiction, horror and fantasy. It is not a specifically French genre. The conventional usage in French encompasses many non-French authors who may be categorised differently in their own countries. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fantastique"
In theory fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic or exotic fantasy worlds, as distinct from science fiction films or horror films. The category has as much to do with approach as with context and there is often a good deal of overlap between the genres. For example, much about the Star Wars saga suggests fantasy, yet it feels like science fiction, while much about Time Bandits suggests science fiction, yet it feels like fantasy. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fantasy film"
Fictional film or narrative film uses chronological reality to tell a fictional story. Film scholars consider the fictional film to be one of the major styles of filmmaking, along with the experimental film and the documentary film. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fictional film"
Film noir is a film style and mood primarily associated with crime films, that portrays its principal characters in a nihilistic and existentialist world. Film noir is primarily derived from the hard-boiled style of crime fiction of the Depression era, (many films noir were adaptations of such novels), and may first be clearly seen in films released in the early 1940s. 'Noirs' were historically made in black and white, and had a dark, high-contrast style with roots in German Expressionist cinematography. ...more on Wikipedia about "Film noir"
Films based on video games is a fairly new genre, mainly gaining popularity (to some extent) in the mid- 1990s. Movies closely related to the computer and video game industries have been done previously (such as Tron and The Wizard) but only after the release of several movies based on well-known brands has this genre become well known in its own right. ...more on Wikipedia about "Films based on video games"
In English-speaking countries, a foreign film is usually one made in a language other than English. ...more on Wikipedia about "Foreign film"
Gangster film is a film genre which features gangster characters, such as members of the Mafia and inner city street gangs. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gangster film"
Giallo (pronounced jee-AH-loh) is an Italian 20th century genre of literature and film. It is closely related to the French fantastique genre, crime fiction, horror fiction and eroticism. The term is also used to mean an example of the genre, in which case it can take the Italian plural gialli. The word giallo is Italian for "yellow" (see Wiktionary: giallo) and stems from the genre's origin in paperback novels with yellow covers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Giallo"
Gross-out films form a sub- genre of comedy movies in which the producers aim to "gross out" their audience with disgusting and disturbing material, such as sexual or "toilet" humour. Since the abolition of the Production Code and its replacent with the MPAA film rating system in the late 1960s, some filmmakers began to experiment with vulgar humor. Early pioneers to the gross-out genre include several John Waters films of the early 1970s, such as Pink Flamingos ( 1972) and Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles ( 1974). ...more on Wikipedia about "Gross-out film"
Hammer Film Productions is a film production company in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1934, the company is best known for a series of Gothic "Hammer Horror" films produced from the late 1950s until the 1970s. Hammer also produced science fiction, thrillers and comedies — and in later years, television series. Hammer films were cheap to produce but nonetheless appeared lavish, making use of quality British actors and cleverly designed, or second-hand, sets. During its most successful years, Hammer dominated the horror film market, enjoying worldwide distribution and considerable financial success. This success was due, in part, to distribution partnerships with major United States studios, such as Warner Brothers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hammer Film Productions"
A heist film is a movie that has an intricate plot woven around a group of people trying to steal something. Comic versions are often called caper movies. They could be described as the analogues of caper stories in film history. Typically there are many plot twists, and film focuses on the characters' attempts to formulate a plan, carry it out, and escape with the goods. There is often a nemesis that must be thwarted, who is either a figure of authority, or a former partner who turned on the group or one of its members. ...more on Wikipedia about "Heist film"
The historical drama is a film genre in which stories are based more or less accurately upon historical events and famous persons. See also period piece. ...more on Wikipedia about "Historical drama film"
In film, the horror genre is characterized by the attempt to make the viewer experience dread, fear, terror, disgust or horror. Its plots often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, sometimes of supernatural origin, into the mundane world. ...more on Wikipedia about "Horror film"
An (or indie film) is a film initially produced without financing or distribution from a major movie studio. According to MPAA data, January through March 2005 showed approximately 15% of US domestic box office revenue was from independent or indie studios. Creative, business, and technological reasons have all contributed to the growth of the indie film scene in the late 20th and early 21st century. ...more on Wikipedia about "Independent film"
Jidaigeki (時代劇) is a genre of film and television or theater play in Japan. The name means period drama, and the period is usually the Edo period of Japanese history which was from 1600 to 1868. Some, however, are set much earlier — Portrait of Hell, for example, is set during the late Heian period. Jidaigeki show the lives of the samurai, farmers, craftsmen and merchants of this time. Jidaigeki films are sometimes referred to as chambara movies, a word meaning "sword fight". They have a set of dramatic conventions including the use of makeup, language, catchphrases, and plotlines. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jidaigeki"
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