The search engine giant has signed a deal with the Italian government to post 30,000 newsreels and documentaries from the twentieth century on YouTube. Many of the films concern Benito Mussolini's rise to power and then the events of World War II.
Many of the newsreels were supplied by Italy's Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, which was founded in 1924 and which became a propaganda tool for Mussolini, regaling cinema audiences with tales of Italian industrial prowess and the oratorical powers of Il Duce. Other films now available on YouTube include newsreels shot by Settimana Incom from 1946 to 1964 which document Italy's economic miracle and paparazzi chasing starlets indulging in Rome's Dolce Vita.
The new Istituto Luce Cinecittà channel on YouTube is available at http://www.youtube.com/cinecittaluce.
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