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February 12, 2008 8:57 AM   Subscribe

British Movietone News - Digital Archives :: Apparently complete archives of the UK Movietone Newsreels from 1929 - 1979. Free registration required. Uses Quicktime. Beware of many lost hours ahead. Via DaddyTypes
posted by anastasiav (15 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
AWESOME. Thank you!
posted by chihiro at 9:05 AM on February 12, 2008

ZOMG. I am about to leave the 21st century behind for the forseeable future. Leave it ahead. Whatever.
posted by nowonmai at 9:07 AM on February 12, 2008

Hmmm. It won't let me identify my country of origin unless I log in. It won't let me see the Terms and Conditions of logging in until I log in. Other than that, it doesn't seem to actively sandbox non-Microsoft browsers, so it's mostly OK.

I hate having to jump through hoops like this just to see neat things.
posted by ardgedee at 9:21 AM on February 12, 2008

Daddytypes credits MeFi's own waxpancake, who's been blogging up a storm lately.
posted by Nelson at 9:21 AM on February 12, 2008

Wow. Just in time for my new projector and smartboard! <3
posted by absalom at 9:39 AM on February 12, 2008

1780 cult movies online. 50 years of UK newsreels. Stop it metafilter, I have work to do.
posted by MPnonot3 at 10:11 AM on February 12, 2008

This is good.
If you'd like to screencapture the video/audio, try Jing Project which is a spiffy unobtrusive free app for Windows or Mac. Capture (and share in multiple ways) still images (as PNGs) or video (as SWF). I love it.
posted by spock at 11:01 AM on February 12, 2008


I looked at it for 5 seconds and closed the tab. (I will, in fact, blow the whole day looking at that stuff.)
posted by Skygazer at 11:51 AM on February 12, 2008

Thanks, anastasiav!
posted by briank at 12:41 PM on February 12, 2008

Brilliant! Now if only it were unwatermarked and high def.
posted by Grod at 1:35 PM on February 12, 2008

Well I was like WOw COR blimey amazing yeah! then I looked at the search function and i couldnt think of anything to search for. I mean, what, football? jazz? what did people do in the 1940s apart from go on long wars?

i think i'll go and get some sleep
posted by criticalbill at 3:37 PM on February 12, 2008

Their rivals Pathé have a similar archive here.

It's a bit of rigmarole actually getting to watch anything - you have to register an account and then "buy" the low-res .WMV for the princely sum of nought pounds, nought pence, but then it downloads nicely enough.

And then there's always News on the March!
posted by gdav at 3:40 PM on February 12, 2008

You know, sometimes it's easy to forget, what with 2 girls 1 cup, MySpace, jackholes filming themselves yammering about nothing and filling YouTube with the results, Free Republic and Little Green Footballs, etc. etc. etc., that the Internet really is pretty awesome. Thanks for reminding me. It would be great if this wonderful resource was used for more stuff like this and less vacuous idiocy.
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:58 PM on February 12, 2008

"Hitler" makes a pretty interesting search term. </obvious>
posted by spock at 5:34 PM on February 12, 2008

I don't even dare go in there.

Well, maybe just a little bit

(Six hours pass....)
posted by IndigoJones at 5:36 PM on February 12, 2008

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