Researching Newsreels

Local, National and Transnational Case Studies

  • Ciara Chambers
  • Mats Jönsson
  • Roel Vande Winkel

Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Ciara Chambers, Mats Jönsson, Roel Vande Winkel
    Pages 1-13
  3. Luke McKernan
    Pages 35-49
  4. Roel Vande Winkel, Daniel Biltereyst
    Pages 231-246
  5. Scott L. Althaus, Kylee Britzman
    Pages 247-263
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 301-309

About this book


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.


Cinema Newsreels Charles Pathé Media History Cinema Production Cinema Distribution British Pathé Movietone Gaumont film archives newsreel as documentary Norwegian newsreel American newsreel British newsreel German newsreel newsreel production newsfilms film history newsreel studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Ciara Chambers
    • 1
  • Mats Jönsson
    • 2
  • Roel Vande Winkel
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Film and Screen MediaUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.Department of Cultural SciencesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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