L’intero archivio della British Pathé, agenzia video fondata a Parigi nel 1896 da Charles Pathé e i suoi fratelli, è ora interamente disponibile su internet con 85 mila filmati che documentano il XX secolo, dal primo volo dei fratelli Wright alla bomba atomica su Hiroshima.
“British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world. Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathé, pioneered the development of the moving image.They were established in London in 1902, and by 1910 were producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathe Gazette. After the First World War they started producing various Cinemagazines as well. By 1930 they were producing the Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathe Pictorial and Eve’s Film Review, covering entertainment, culture and womens’ issues. By the time Pathe finally stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970 they had accumulated 3500 hours of filmed history amounting to over 90,000 individual items. Over the last 30 years this material has been used extensively around the world in television programmes, home videos, advertisments, corporate productions and, most recently, in web publishing.”