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A news programme shown in cinemas. These were almost always in black and white. Many of them had a propaganda element to them, subtle or blatant. To give a fictional example of the latter:

"Comrades, the mighty Red Army continues to crush the evil fascists. The brave men of the ''Rodina'' have now taken Warsaw and liberated Poland from their evil grip. Casualties were heavy, but the Red Army prevailed".

A fictional example of the former:

"Soviet troops enter Warsaw. The people of Warsaw cheer the end of Nazi tyranny and the restoration of freedom".

Pretty notorious even in their own day for being ''flamboyantly'' censored and emotionally manipulative (edging dangerously close to DocumentaryOfLies territory in some cases), and for [[WorstNewsJudgmentEver often outright ignoring "troubling" topics in favor of "cute" human-interest stories]].

Faded away in the 1950s and 1960s due to the rise of network news. (Although the last documented newsreel, [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Dutch]] [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygoon_(newsreel) Polygoon]], aired in 1987.) Often mocked up in period pieces.

See also PropagandaPiece.
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[[folder: Anime]]
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleShipYamato2199'' has Captain Okita watching a newsreel about first contact during one episode. [[spoiler: The official story does not quite match the memories of those who were present, especially on the question of who shot first.]]
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[[folder: Film (Animated)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has a newsreel in-between the TimeSkip detailing the passing of the SuperRegistrationAct and the supers being forced into civilian identities.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' features a "March of War" newsreel reporting on the war between the U.S. and UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} and announces Terrence and Phillip's impending execution live at a USO show.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' opens with young Carl watching a newsreel on explorer Charles Muntz.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', a newsreel provides Eddie Valiant with a crucial clue in solving the Acme murder.
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[[folder: Film (Live Action)]]
* In the Creator/MontyPython movie ''Film/AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent'', during the World's Funniest Joke sketch, a British newsreel introduction is briefly used, with Creator/JohnCleese's narration leading to the military applications of the Killer Joke.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'' has one of the earliest (if not ''the'' earliest) examples of an in-movie fake newsreel. Furthermore, Creator/OrsonWelles had the company he worked for, Creator/RKOPictures, use their own newsreel department to create it to make it look authentic.
* In the 1966 film ''Film/ItHappenedHere'' (in which [[DayOfTheJackboot Great Britain has been occupied by the Nazis]]), there is a newsreel showing a revisionist history of British/German relations. Chillingly, it is narrated by a well-known voice-over reader of the war years.
* ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' uses the newsreel to promote the AAGPBL.
* The 1978 Australian film ''Newsfront'' follows the workers of a fictional newsreel company during the late 1940s and early-mid 1950s as they deal with the challenges of their jobs, their own personal issues, and the political and social changes affecting the country (including the looming approach of Australian commercial television).
* The movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' uses them as exposition. Although it was rather obvious that they were just there for exposition, it did fit the time period, as newsreels were common.
* Used in the pre-title scene of ''Film/RaceForTheYankeeZephyr'' (1981) to introduce the titular WW2 aircraft and its cargo (a shipment of medals, booze, and $50 million in gold). The B&W footage of the aircraft ends with smoke pouring from its engine and the pilot looking out the window in alarm, then it vanishes into the clouds, setting up the contemporary events of the film when the crashed plane is discovered.
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', Cliff and Jenny see a newsreel that talks about [[ChekhovsGun a German zeppelin on a tour of the continental US]].
* Parodied in ''Film/StarshipTroopers''.
** Just as well, as the first ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' movie was directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, who also made ''Film/RoboCop1987'', a movie series also known for its fake commercials.
** And also because Verhoeven wanted to evoke the PatrioticFervor of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era war films.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' features one, depicting an Oceania attack on a refugee convoy. Yes, where the story is set. Yes, it even goes as far as to praise it. [[TechMarchesOn Yes, a newsreel in]] TheEighties.
** Possibly justified as the alternate history of 1984 splits from ours when newsreels were still very common.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Every episode of the 1970s World War II TV series ''Baa Baa Black Sheep'' (aka ''Series/BlackSheepSquadron'') opened with a faux newsreel. The images were authentic but the voiceover was modern, settting up the action for the episode.
* ''Series/GetSmart'': In "The Secret of Sam Vittorio", Max and 99 must impersonate a notorious OutlawCouple from TheThirties, and are shown newsreel footage of their exploits.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': The first 20 seconds of "Port Chicago" begins with an authentic Creator/{{Paramount}} News Reel.
* Used occasionally in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', either to place an episode's plot during a specific historical event (clips of [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames the 1952 Helsinki Olympics]] were used during one episode where the 4077th held their own Olympics) or to [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped hammer home a point on how popular media tended to gloss over the ugliness of war]] (contrasting the harsh realities of life near the front line with footage of a dance contest or a cat who can play table tennis).
* ''Series/PrivateSchulz'' uses these for exposition purposes during the series, which takes place throughout and after World War II.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': As with ''It Happened Here'', Part Two of "[[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS04E01StormFront Storm Front]]", [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel which takes place]] in an AlternateTimeline where UsefulNotes/NaziGermany is winning World War II, begins with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEly8nXA6Oo&feature=related a fake newsreel]] showing UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler touring an occupied UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
** While most of the footage was digitally constructed or altered, there was a piece of ''actual'' historical footage included - the Nazi rally in front of a full-body portrait of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington uses seldom-seen images of a real rally in 1939 by the German-American Bund.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' concludes the ''Brood War'' Terran campaign with a newsreel, with all the propaganda elements they could fit in.
** Before all that there was the UNN which was used by the Confederacy/Dominion as a propaganda machine to promote pro-faction news, and to label Sons of Korhal/Raynor as terrorists.
* ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor'' starts with a mock newsreel of the propaganda-heavy variety. (It's entitled "Propaganda on Parade". Subtle.)
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The first few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' began with a newsreel setting up the BackStory of the Warners.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has two newsreels in the episode "[[Recap/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroesS1E4MeetCaptainAmerica Meet Captain America]]". The first shows how ComicBook/CaptainAmerica became a SuperSoldier, then a hero for the Allies. The second plays after Cap becomes a HumanPopsicle, and announces that he has fallen in battle.
* Old-timey newsreels are apparently still attached to films in the 31st century of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
-->'''Fry''': Ooh, this is ''real'' futuristic!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' begins every episode with a newsreel recap of the previous events.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooShow'' episode "The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller", the gang watches a newsreel at the Milo Booth film festival.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Decades ago, Abe Simpson and one of his friends watched one showing Springfield as a "City on the Grow". Flash forward to the present time, showing those days of prosperity are over.
* Used as the intro for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' as well as [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars the TV series]], sometimes overlapping with PreviouslyOn. It also has a "Thought for the Day", which is related to the episode's {{Aesop}}. It actually helps set the tone quite nicely in the case of the TV shows, more so than it does for the movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'':
** There's one in "From Here to Machinery" showing Shere Khan signing a contract buying new pilot robots.
** "Whistlestop Jackson, Legend" also features Khan in a newsreel to set up his relationship with the titular character.
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