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Authors Ciara Chambers
Mats Jönsson
Roel Vande Winkel
Published in Researching Newsreel: Local, National and Transnational Case Studies / edited by Ciara Chambers, Mats Jönsson, Roel Vande Winkel.
Pages 1–13
ISBN 978-3-319-91919-5
Publisher Springer International Publishing - Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication Cham
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Pages 1–13
Language en
Keywords Newsreel, film, news, actuality film, cinema, film history, media culture, history, propaganda, advertising.
Subject categories Studies on Film


This volume addresses the underscrutinised topic of cinema newsreels. These short, multi-themed newsfilms, usually accompanied by explanatory intertitles or voiceovers, were a central part of the filmgoing experience around the world from 1910 through the late 1960s, and in many cases even later. As the only source of moving image news available before the widespread advent of television, newsreels are important social documents, recording what the general public was told and shown about the events and personalities of the day. Often disregarded as quirky or trivial, they were heavily utilised as propaganda vehicles, offering insights into the socio-political norms reflected in cinema during the first half of the twentieth century. The book presents a range of current research being undertaken in newsreel studies internationally and makes a case for a reconsideration of the importance of newsreels in the wider landscape of film history.

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