VIEW Journal Issue 08 on Archive-Based Productions

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EUscreenXL proudly presents Volume 4, Issue 08 of the open access VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture.

In 1927, when Esfir Schub released her commissioned film The fall of the Romanov Dynasty to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution, she hardly knew that her extensive use of film footage and newsreels of the event would mark the invention of a new ‘genre’: the archive-based production or compilation genre. Television has adopted this genre, but audiovisual archives have fuelled a wide array of programmes and genres beyond compilation productions.

Government, business, broadcast and film archives as well as amateur collections and home videos are commonly used to spark memories and re-enact events from the past in various contexts. They are made widely accessible and re-used in traditional broadcast productions or given a second life in digital environments through online circulation. In this issue, scholars, archivists, and other media practitioners consider, highlight and elaborate on Archive-Based Productions.

This eight issue was co-edited by Claude Mussou, head of InaTHEQUE, and Mette Charis Buchman, senior manager of archive research at Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).

Issue 08 is now fully and freely available at
All articles can be read on screen, where source materials can be found embedded in the article text, or saved as a PDF for reading offline.

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Editorial - Claude Mussou, Mette Charis Buchman

'Plundering' the Archive and the Recurring Joys of Television - Lisa Kerrigan
Compiling European Immigration History: the Case of Land of Promise - Andrea Meuzelaar
'Goodwill Ambassador': the Legacy of Dutch Colonial Films - Gerda Jansen Hendriks
Histoire Parallèle/Die Woche vor 50 Jahren (La SEPT/ARTE 1989-2001): Newsreels as an 'Agent and Source of History' - Jean Christophe Meyer
Eyewitnesses of History: Italian Amateur Cinema as Cultural Heritage and Source for Audiovisual and Media Production - Paolo Simoni
Archive Footage in New Programmes: Presentational Issues and Perspectives - Steve George Bryant

Authorship, Autobiography and the Archive: Marilyn on Marilyn, Television and Documentary Theory - Paul Kerr
The Television Archive on BBC Four: from Preservation to Production - Vana Goblot
Visions of Reconstruction: Layers of Moving Images - Floris Jan Willem Paalman
Scratch's Third Body: Video Talks Back to Television - Leo Goldsmith

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Find issue 08 at
All articles can be read on screen, where source materials can be found embedded in the article text, or saved as a PDF for reading offline.

VIEW is published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, University of Luxembourg and Royal Holloway University of London. It is supported by the EUscreenXL project and the European Television History Network.

With warm regards,
Erwin Verbruggen and the VIEW editorial board.

Erwin Verbruggen
Project lead R&D

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