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Global Cinema

Researching Newsreels

Local, National and Transnational Case Studies

Editors: Chambers, Ciara, Jönsson, Mats, Vande Winkel, Roel (Eds.)

  • The first collection to explore the international landscape of newsreel studies
  • Brings together a team of leading experts in the field across methodological approaches
  • Traces the importance of newsreels over time in the first half of the twentieth century and beyond
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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.

About the authors

Ciara Chambers is Lecturer in Film and Screen Media, University College Cork, Ireland, author of Ireland in the Newsreels (2012) and screenwriter of the television series Éire na Nuachtscannán (TG4, 2017). She is a member of the IAMHIST Council, Associate Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and a member of the Editorial Board of Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media.

Mats Jönsson is Professor in Film Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has written three monographs, edited seven anthologies, and has published several international articles. He is a member of the editorial boards for the interface filmarkivet.se and for the book series Media History Archives.

Roel Vande Winkel is Assistant Professor in Film & TV Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium and at LUCA School of Arts, Belgium. He is Associate Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and is co-editor of Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World (with Daniel Biltereyst) and Cinema and the Swastika: The International Expansion of Third Reich Cinema (with David Welch).

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Chambers, Ciara (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Wofull Newes from Wales: Details at 11. News, Newsreels, Bulletins and Documentaries

    Winston, Brian

    Pages 15-33

  • The Newsreel Audience

    McKernan, Luke

    Pages 35-49

  • Around the World: The First Norwegian Newsreel, 1930–1941

    Werenskjold, Rolf

    Pages 51-75

  • The Commentary Makes the Difference: An Analysis of the Suez War in East and West German Newsreels, 1956

    Hoffmann, Kay

    Pages 77-92

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91920-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91919-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Researching Newsreels
Book Subtitle
Local, National and Transnational Case Studies
Editors
  • Ciara Chambers
  • Mats Jönsson
  • Roel Vande Winkel
Series Title
Global Cinema
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91920-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91920-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91919-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 309
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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