100-year-old newsreels


We inherited a year's worth of news footage recorded during the 1918/19 Revolution. The copies were seized from the lab by the Horthy police after 1919, several prosecutions were based on these images and they served as evidence in finding out about people's acts and whereabouts during the Revolution. All the Az Est Film and Vörös Riport Film reels became investigative material and ended up in the criminal archives after the cases were closed.

From August 2018 until July 2019, the 100 year old news will be available on this page. News relevant to the current week will be uploaded each week, so we suggest checking the website on a regular basis, not to mention that all videos can be embedded or shared. This is the first time for historians of the Archive to connect the news reports with their corresponding newspaper articles, which allows them to explore details no one ever could before. As most of the reels' historical background disappeared with time, the Film Archive now attempts to narrate the silent reels to (re)reveal all the forgotten stories, so we could learn why people were waiting in line on Károly körút for silk on the summer of 1918, how the city was trying to solve the housing problem, why the Baby Theatre's child star tried to kill himself and what happened to the 8 year old boy, who put his hand in the hyena cage at the zoo.

It is much more rewarding to conduct a thorough research now that past articles are available in digital form. By going through the interlinked archives we were able to define the reels' location and time, and identify people by name, which would not have been possible without the Hungarian National Film Fund and Film Archive's digital restoration program. Besides 40 known news reels, we also scanned deleted scenes of the news from never-before-seen negatives we found while rearranging the warehouse. The 2 hour unsubtitled medley will be uploaded to the Film Archive's website, as there might be others who could join the research by recognizing faces and places, and help us reveal how Hungarians lived in the past century.

100 Year Old Newsreels Playlist

November 12-18, 1918. The first Hungarian Republic

On November 13, 1918, Béla Linder Minister without portfolio of the Károlyi cabinet and representatives of the Balkan Entente signed the Belgrade Armistice.

Barkóczi Janka

Film encyclopedia and chronology for the 100 year old Aster (Chrysanthemum) Revolution

EST news series reached the point for which these reels were actually preserved and became the most detailed material evidence of the first revolutionary event after 1919.

Barkóczi Janka – Torma Galina

October 22-28, 2018. The Revolution begins

Hundred years ago, the night before the Aster Revolution broke out, politicians were running around in panic and people gathered at public events to give and listen to heartfelt speeches.

Barkóczi Janka – Torma Galina

October 8-14, 1918. Calm before the storm

From October, 1918 there were fewer Az Est film news. They no longer appeared on a weekly basis, and the subjects failed to reflect the country's growing tension.

Barkóczi Janka – Torma Galina

September 24-30, 2018. A disappointing match on Üllői út

The week's most interesting report was about the opening of Gellért Bath, but we also get to witness the unveiling of a memorial, meet a member of the royal family and two popular actors.

Barkóczi Janka

September 17-23, 2018. An eventful week

The 1918 mid-September news are portraying an exhausted and tormented hinterland at the end of war. Once again, the main location is Budapest, but we also get to join the delegation of German journalist on their trip to Esztergom and Tátra.

Barkóczi Janka

September 10-16, 2018. Last moments of the Austrian-Hungarian connection

These chronicles from 1918 were mainly covering local issues, but they were also up to date on international news. Cameramen were happy to record events representing Hungary's strong international relationships, particularly with allies.

Barkóczi Janka

September 3-9, 2018: Health first!

A hundred years ago at the end of World War I, health and wellbeing became important issues for the general public, and evidently, journalists also picked up the topic.

Barkóczi Janka

August 27 – September 2. Strange Destinies

Az Est News' second edition is a perfect example on how the genre's rules were changing with time. This week we are looking at an unusual report on politics, two bizarre tabloids and an exciting sports commentary from the 100 year old footages.

Barkóczi Janka

August 20-26. From Crystal Lake to Abbazia: late summer adventures in 1918

Az Est Film's first compilation takes us back to late summer, 1918. The war was still on, but the German army collapsed on the Western front in early August.

Barkóczi Janka