This year in the last century: In 1914 the First World War started and brought harm to thousands of people. Very complex political structures, relations and misunderstandings led to what the Americans called The European War.
The early century did not only bring war. It also brought the birth of movie and film. And so World War I was one of the first, or even the first, wars captured on film.
Today, 100 years later, a new website brings a full range of video together. European Film Gateway “gives you quick and easy access to hundreds of thousands of film historical documents as preserved in European film archives and cinémathèques: photos, posters, programmes, periodicals, censorship documents, rare feature and documentary films, newsreels and other materials. Targeted at scientific researchers and the interested public alike, the EFG offers a look at and behind the scenes of filmmaking in Europe from the early days until today.” [source]
You wanna watch “the story of the last Edinburgh tram. Shots of horse-drawn omnibus, last passengers, and the scrapping of the trams in Coatbridge”? – more here.
And here’s a “large variety of newsreels, documentary and feature films, mostly produced in the decade after the war” by Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.
Other contributors are the Archives françaises du film du CNC (Bois d’Arcy) or the German Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv.
The European Film Gateway is the result of the EU-funded project of the same name.
(Video by Andrea Meneghelli from Cineteca di Bologna)