Pathé 9.5mm film, named after the French production company, is an amateur film format launched in the 1920s. Although a simple compatible camera was later released, 9.5mm cine film was initially created as a cheap method for reproducing commercially made films to be watched at home.
To this extent, early Pathé formats pioneered home cinema entertainment. Pathéscope – the distributors of Pathé film, projectors and cameras – produced a large number of the most significant films of the early twentieth century including Mickey Mouse, Betty Boop, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Metropolis, which were all available on 9.5 mm film.
Of course, Pathé film is far removed from its videocassette and digital format successors, but there is no question of its influence on modern cinema and our modern ability to replicate film.
Today, British Pathé are global guardians for 9.5mm cine film footage. Their archive of news reels and culturally significant films is unrivalled. They are a resource to many major news outlets to this day. All their films are guarded closely to preserve their copyrights and the integrity of the footage to ensure they are preserved and respected.