World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966

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In December of 1941, cinema audiences around the world from New York to Tokyo, Amsterdam to Paris waited expectantly for news of Pearl Harbor. World Newsreels Online, 19291966 lets today's students and historians see what those audiences saw and more, by delivering more than 500 hours of newsreel content instantly to any computer or mobile device. The content of the collection focuses primarily on the World, War II era, with supplementary coverage of American life through the mid-1960s. This landmark online collection will include nine newsreel series from four countriesthe United States, Japan, France, and the Netherlands. It includes 8,000 meticulously indexed and transcribed individual newsreels that bring the conflict to life in a visceral and immediate way that text cannot match. With one click, users can jump from city to city or date to date, viewing original footage with English transcription. In the years leading up to and during the war, newsreels had an unparalleled political and social impact. During this time period, all feature films worldwide would begin with a newsreel in the audience's native language. Topical coverage was broad, including health, scientific and industrial progress, religion, sports, fashion, politics, meteorology, agriculture, and disasters. In war times, the newsreel became increasingly important as a propaganda tool, with more than one-third of each newsreel devoted to the war. Today, newsreels provide a clear archive of how governments shared news, manipulated facts, and influenced their populace. These films are often the only audio-visual record that remains of historical and cultural events, making them a powerful resource for historians and students of politics, sports, economics, media studies, and other areas.

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