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Newsreels’ Format at the end of the colonial era and the multilayer of propaganda and mobilization - Focusing on Newsreels from Gosfilmofond -

Kang Buwon 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

In 2009, a late Japanese colonial era newsreel discovered at the Russian Gosfilmofond film archives was released to the public. The newsreel was originally designed to efficiently disseminate news of the Japanese Empire as well as give a favorable impression of the ongoing war. The following contribution, however, moves beyond the obvious propagandistic elements of the film to analyze both the distribution and popularity of newsreel films. Through various formal mechanisms, late colonial era newsreels penetrated deep into public consciousness, Designed to hold the nation together during war by conveying propagandistic messages in support of mobilization. Newsreels served to remind viewers of the current war situation and strengthen their sense of duty and obligation to the state. Through visual spectacle and elaborate narration mimicking the format of the melodrama, these films captivated and enticed viewers. However, this point is less about the relative effectiveness of newsreel films on audiences, than it is about helping us understand the format of the newsreel film itself in the complexity of war propaganda and mobilization measures.

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