Kilts, tanks, and aeroplanes: Scotland, cinema, and the First World War

by David Archibald & Maria Velez-Serna The relationship between the First World War and early cinema in Britain is both highly complex and far from predictable. In 1914 the visual styles, narrative conventions, exhibition practices, and social roles of moving pictures were still in flux and wartime upheaval inevitably defined the context in which the […]

Shell shock cinema: A discussion with Anton Kaes on the First World War, cinema, and the culture of trauma

by Francesco Pitassio Anton Kaes is the Class of 1939 Professor of German and Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored a number of fascinating books, placing films and related discourses within a broader frame: the confrontation of German literati with cinema in the early 20th century, the contradictory relationship […]

Photographed by the Earth: War and media in light of nuclear events

by Thomas Pringle Double exposure, radiation, and imperceptible violence In a rare photo taken on set of the 1956 film The Conqueror (Dick Powell), we see the late John Wayne posing with his two sons while they contemplate a dusty metal box.[1] The location shoot for the film occurred just outside St. George, Utah, and […]

The din of gunfire: Rethinking the role of sound in World War II newsreels

by Masha Shpolberg Introduction French film historian Laurent Véray has famously called World War I ‘the first media war of the twentieth century’.[1] The centenary has brought global attention to the vast media resources available to scholars interested in rethinking the legacy of that conflict, and, by extension, of the one that sprung from its […]

Serious games

by Harun Farocki In the summer of 2008 my collaborator Matthias Rajmann sent me a newspaper clipping. Traumatised U.S. troops returning from combat are treated with video games. In therapy they watch virtual scenarios that simulate some of the situations they experienced in Iraq. The idea is that the virtual images will help the soldiers […]

Editorial Necsus

Perhaps no war has stirred the human imagination more deeply than the so-called ‘Great War’. From William Wellman’s Wings (1927) to Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957), Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004), and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (2011), filmmakers have been reimagining the Great War in distinctly different yet captivating ways, profoundly […]

Wolfgang Filzinger, war front cameraman

The First World War had far-reaching consequences for many. This most violent war devastated large parts of Europe and claimed millions of victims. During the 1910s war and its atrocities were captured and reflected on the young medium of film for the first time. Footage of earlier conflicts such as the Boer Wars or the […]

Editorial Necsus

The editorial team at NECSUS is excited to embark on its 3rd year of publication. We continue to be dedicated to an open access model that makes the best work in the discipline of media studies freely available to all, and we are actively looking for additional institutional partners to join us and support this […]

Editorial Necsus

The special section in this issue of NECSUS addresses the phenomenon of waste in the broad range of past and present media practices. We are happy to introduce here, for the first time in the journal, the work of two guest editors: Alexandra Schneider and Wanda Strauven (University of Amsterdam). In this special section, Schneider […]

NECSUS #6_Autumn 2014_’War’ — call for submissions

On the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, NECSUS is announcing a call for abstract submissions for a special section on ‘war’ to be published in autumn 2014. The First World War was called the ‘Great War’ and is often claimed to represent the birth of modern warfare. How can this modernity […]

Unlocking Sources – The First World War

The year 2014 will be marked by the international commemoration of the beginning of the First World War in the summer of 1914. Numerous projects in research and education in Germany, Europe, and worldwide are dedicated to this event in different ways. The projects Europeana Collections 1914-1918, European Film Gateway 1914, and Europeana 1914-1918 have […]