Newsreel(redirected from News Reel)
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a filmed communiqué of current events and facts.
Unlike film journalism, which deals with the facts in their entirety, the newsreel restricts itself to the communication of information and the statement of facts with only brief commentary. However, with the aid of certain visual techniques, such as foreshortening, frame composition, and the careful selection of details, the cameraman often expresses his own artistic and journalistic view of the event. The newsreel forms the basis of news serials, special releases, thematic serials, film interviews, news commentaries, and topical film satire. It is also a major source for film annals of historic events. The basic technique of the newsreel is photoreportage. The television newsreel, the most efficient and immediate way to provide filmed information (telereportage on videotape), has been assuming increasing importance.