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The Reel World of News [electronic resource]

Sunrise Media LLC
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In 1911, the first newsreels flickered in America's nickelodeons. In the mid-1960s, they vanished from movie theaters as nightly television newscasts came to dominate visual journalism. In between, newsreels grew into a unique 20th-century institution that informed and entertained whole generations. In this program, Bill Moyers conducts a tour of the cultural and political landscape so dramatically rendered by the American newsreel. Accompanied by a rich tapestry of archival clips, Moyers talks with the announcers, composers, and cameramen who still relish memories of jostling and hustling to catch the parade of history on film.
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53 min.
8 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 24, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Walk through the 20th century with Bill Moyers (Television program)
A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers
  • An Introduction to Newsreels and Their Beginnings (2:48)
  • Ed Herlihy, the Voice of the News (2:02)
  • World War II News Paired with Entertainment Geared Towards Men (2:56)
  • Sports, Space, and Fashion in the News (2:25)
  • Motion Picture Studios and their Influence on the News (2:32)
  • The Music of the Newsreels (2:38)
  • 1940s: Newsreel Cameraman is "King" (4:59)
  • Filming the Hindenburg (3:31)
  • Coverage of the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping (3:22)
  • The Purposeful and Accidental Preservation of Old Newsreels (3:42)
  • Newsreels and the Great Depression (2:16)
  • Commercial Newsreels and the Bonus March of WWI Veterans (2:47)
  • The Workers Newsreel (4:06)
  • Opposing the Government's Point of View in the News (1:51)
  • Entertainment-Based Journalism (3:56)
  • End of the Newsreel Era (1:40)
  • Worlds Fair Time Capsule : Eternalizing Newsreels (2:21)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1984.
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  • 42054s Films Media Group
  • 42058 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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