London-headquartered footage licensing firm ITN Source has signed a U.S. representation deal with newsreel archive British Movietone.
The collection dates from 1895 to 1984 and spans around 80 million feet of film. Shot in 35 mm and fully digitized, it includes the first cinema newsreel that used both sound and color film in the UK, silent films from the Henderson collection (1895 to 1929), the British Movietone cinema newsreels (1929 to 1984) and footage from the United Press film library (1960 to 1963).
British Movietone’s archive covers royalty, sports, World War II, personalities and politics, and features “authoritative commentary and upbeat musical accompaniment.” Events and people covered include the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Marilyn Monroe, Mohammad Ali and Liberace.
Many of the clips are viewable online. Last summer, The Associated Press and British Movietone posted more than one million minutes of digitized historical footage from the archive on YouTube.