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In and , drama is a of (or ) intended to be more serious than in tone. Drama of this kind is usually qualified with additional terms that specify its particular subgenre, such as "police crime drama", "", "", "historical period drama", "", or "". These terms tend to indicate a particular setting or subject-matter, or else they qualify the otherwise serious tone of a drama with elements that encourage a broader range of moods.

All forms of or that involve are forms of if their storytelling is achieved by means of who represent ( ) characters. In this broader sense, drama is a mode distinct from , , and narrative or .Elam (1980, 98). In the modern era before the birth of cinema or television, "drama" within was a type of play that was neither a comedy nor a . It is this narrower sense that the film and television industries, along with , adopted. "" has been used in both senses—originally transmitted in a live performance, it has also been used to describe the more high-brow and serious end of the dramatic output of .Banham (1998, 894–900).


Types of drama in film and television
, Police prodecural, and
character development based on themes involving criminals, law enforcement and the legal system.
Historical drama
films that focus on dramatic events in history.
a film that focuses on imperiled characters dealing with realistic emotional struggles, often involving dysfunctional family relations, in a horror setting. The film's horror elements often serve as a backdrop to an unraveling dramatic plot.
the difference between a docudrama and a documentary is that in a documentary it uses real people to describe history or current events; in a docudrama it uses professionally trained actors to play the roles in the current event, that is "dramatized" a bit. Not to be confused with .
a film in which there is an equal, or nearly equal, balance of humour and serious content.

focuses on the interpersonal and situational crises of characters in the military
a sub-type of dramatic film which dwells on the elements of .
focuses on characters, especially where a setting plays a role


See also


Sources
  • Banham, Martin, ed. 1998. The Cambridge Guide to Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. .
  • Cook, Pam, and Mieke Bernink, eds. 1999. The Cinema Book. 2nd ed. London: British Film Institute. .
  • Elam, Keir. 1980. The of Theatre and Drama. New Accents ser. London and New York: Methuen. .
  • Hayward, Susan. 1996. Key Concepts in Cinema Studies. Key Concepts ser. London: Routledge. .
  • Neale, Steve. 2000. Genre and Hollywood. London: Routledge. .

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