History: Google to Put Mussolini Online, 30K Newsreels and Documentaries via New YouTube Channel
From The Guardian:
As part of its attempt to digitalise world history and culture, Google has struck a deal with the Italian government to post 30,000 Italian newsreels and documentaries from the 20th century online, many of which glorify Benito Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship.
Google has dedicated a YouTube channel to the crackly news reports, which represent about a third of the newsreel and documentary archive held by Italy‘s Istituto Luce-Cinecittà.
The core of the archive is short films made by the Istituto Luce, which was founded in 1924 and which became a propaganda tool for Mussolini, regaling cinema audiences with tales of Italian industrial prowess and the oratorical powers of Il Duce.
Also included in the archive today, and available on YouTube, are newsreels shot by Settimana Incom from 1946 to 1964 which document Italy’s economic miracle and paparazzi chasing starlets indulging in Rome’s Dolce Vita.
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