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World Newsreels Online: 1929-1966

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World Newsreels Online: 1929-1966, a streaming video product which captures full runs of several key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century in the USA, Japan, France and the Netherlands. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique, and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history. While research into the history of the news media often refers to the popularity of broadcasted TV news, newsreels were the most audiences’ primary source of information on current events as they happened during the Second World War. Their style, which differs from the broadcast news that arose in the 1950’s, provides an insight into what was happening there and then. A typical newsreel would consist of 5-10 standalone stories covering a broad range of topics, and would ordinarily be screened at cinemas twice a week with occasional special editions. Though newsreels excelled at covering the events of the war, they also addressed a wide range of other events and issues from sports-notably football-to individual political figures and fashion.