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photo- +‎ play


photoplay (plural photoplays)

  1. A theatrical play that has been filmed for showing as a movie.
  2. A novel adapted from a movie and illustrated with photographic stills taken from the film. Usage largely confined to the silent era of Hollywood.
  3. (dated) A motion picture, especially a silent film.
    • 1913, Epes Winthrop Sargent, The Technique of the Photoplay, New York, page 30:
      The three essentials of the photoplay are the Synopsis, the Cast and the Plot of Action.

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