Polygoon was not the only producer of newsreels, nor was it the first. As far back as the 1910s, you could already see the news in the cinemas: short clips of current events were then made by Alberts Frères and the Dutch division of Pathé Frères.
The first thing most Dutch people think of when they hear the word newsreel is the Polygoons Nederlands Nieuws, a series of newsreels that were screened weekly in Dutch cinemas, from the early 1920s until 1987. Most of these newsreels are now archived at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, but some Polygoon newsreels and commissioned films can be also found in the Eye collection.
During the Second World War, the two main newsreel producers, Polygoon and Profilti, were forced by the German occupiers to work together. This collaboration was continued after the war in the form of Polygoon-Profilti-Producties. For decades, the newsreels that they produced formed a regular feature in the supporting programs of Dutch cinemas. By this point, Polygon-Profilti no longer had any competition, except for Spiegel van Nederland, produced by Haghe Film and Trio Films, which could be seen in cinemas from 1958-1960.
News reels in our database
The complete series of Spiegel van Nederland is now housed in the archives of Eye, in addition to a wide variety of news programmes made by all of the other major and minor newsreel producers. You can watch more than a hundred newsreels directly online in our database.
Read more about newsreels
Since the early years of film, distributors and cinemas released their own newsreels, but these were almost always compilations of foreign news.
Spiegel van Nederland
In 1957, the Nederlandse Bioscoopbond (NBB) gave permission to Haghe Film and Triofilm to produce their own newsreel: Spiegel van Nederland. (Article is only available in Dutch.)