In early May London’s Barbican Centre showed its audience the lost and re-discovered propaganda films of the Marshall Plan.
Produced between 1948 and 1953 these films taught the wider Western European public about democratic values and free trade market principles.
The Barbican screening was made possible through the Selling Democracy Project, curated by Sandra Schulberg and Ed Carter.
For all propaganda film nostalgics out there: Some of the films shown at the Barbican’s are also viewable online, via the Film Archive of the German Historical Museum. All available material comes with valuable English descriptions.
And yet another “vraie trouvaille”, free of charge: The German Newsreel Archives.
The archives are in the process of being set up, but so far 6044 items can be called up.
Screenshot: German Historical Museum Film Archive.