film (99 total)

Moving images defined the 20th century in an unprecedented way. The Re-Envisioning Japan Research Collection focuses on small gauge films (16mm, Regular or Standard 8mm, and Super 8mm) that sometimes fall under the category of orphan works. The small gauge films in the REJ collection include amateur and educational films, stock footage, TV commercials, documentaries, and films marketed for home entertainment. There are critical intersections between small gauge film and tourism and education, especially during the 1920s and 1930s, and again after World War II. In the first half of the 20th century, the growing popularity of amateur travel films reflected the rise of popular tourism. Kodak showcased 16mm as an amateur format when it was introduced in 1923, but as such it was expensive at the time. Amateur filmmaking became increasingly economical with the introduction of Kodak's Regular 8mm (1933) and Super 8mm (1965) formats. Regular 8mm's introduction notably coincided with the introduction of more economical and accessible means of travel in the 1930s. 16mm educational and informational films about Japan’s postwar resurgence and culture, often sponsored by government entities like the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), were plentiful from the 1960-1980s. The REJ collection contains a number of 16mm films made by these organizations. The REJ Research Collection's 16mm and Super 8mm films are also accessible on separate Timelines (see main menu bar above). 16mm titles that are not yet available for streaming are pending copyright clearance. Metadata is continually updated and further contextualization is forthcoming with priority given to titles available for streaming. Regular 8mm titles necessitated a unique scanning workflow during the digitization process and we're currently taking additional steps (including color correction) to optimize them for online access. Please see Technical Details (main menu above) for information concerning the digitization process for currently accessible films. In presenting these films I made the curatorial decision to leave as much leader as possible for each print to enhance the sense of its physicality as a material object. Educational films routinely bear traces of the institutional libraries and working collections to which they once belonged. With some notable exceptions, the films made accessible here are survivors plucked from a vast diaspora of discarded and deaccessioned prints readily available through online auctions.
[1981 Trip to Tokyo, Kyoto]
[Color 16mm 1950s home movie]
[Japan 1960 - T. Harrison Reel no. 1]
[Japan 1960 - T. Harrison Reel no. 2]
[Japan 1970]
[Japan Part 2 Contd.]
[Stock Footage Commemorative Event]
[Stock Footage Douglas "Wrong-Way" Corrigan]
[Stock Footage Franklin D. Roosevelt 40th Inauguration Ceremonies]
[Stock Footage Wendell Willkie]
A Birthday in Japan, USA, USSR
A Day in Tokyo
A Day with a Japanese Family
A Journey through Japan
A School Day in Japan
A Tale of Two Cities
Agfa 1937
Bombing of Pearl Harbor/Burning of the SS Normandie
Boy of Japan: Ito and His Kite
Ceramic Art: Potters of Japan (Part 2)
Children of Japan
Children of Japan: Learning the New, Remembering the Old
Children of Japan: Learning the New, Remembering the Old
City: Tokyo
Collision with Japan 1931-1941
Defeat of Japan
Dodo in the Kid From Outer Space: Dodo in Japan
Emperor Hirohito
Encounter with Japan
Encounter with Japan
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (Beatles Adventures)
Exotic Nippon
Faces of Man: Japan
Faces of Man: Japan
Gion Festival
Hiroshima Nagasaki August 1945
Holiday in Japan
Hong Kong/Chinese Street Scenes
House of Hashimoto
I Don't Want to Change the Subject
Japan an Industrial Nation at Work
Japan An Introduction (revised)
Japan as Seen From a Rickshaw
Japan Rice-Cakes While You Wait
Japan the Frozen Moment
Japan The Land and The People (Revised)
Japan Today From the Driver's Seat of a Concrete Mixer
Japan Today From the Driver's Seat of a Concrete Mixer
Japan Today: The Spring of Energy
Japan: An Interdependent Nation
Japan: Geography, Human and Economic
Japan: Geography, Human and Economic
Japan: Harvesting the Land and Sea
Japan: Harvesting the Land and Sea
Japan: Harvests the Sea
Japan: Harvests the Sea
Japan: Imperial Power to Industrial Giant (Japan a Nation Transformed 1945-1965)
Japan: of Tradition and Change
Japan: Pacific Neighbor
Japan: The Land and the People (Second edition)
Japan's Surrender-Headline Edition
Japanese Mountain Family
Joy commercial reel
Kamikaze Attack at Okinawa
Kyoto Saturday Afternoon
Kyoto Story
Lantern Serenade
Living Treasures of Japan
Mothers of Nippon
Natures Patterns: Japan's Classic Beauty
New Horizons Japan
Nightlife in Tokyo
Oriental Holiday
People and Places: Japan
Pete and Gladys: "No Man is Japan"
Picturesque Japan
Prince Akihito
So Small My Island
Spring in Japan
Summertime in Japan
Sungraph Fuji No. 1
Sungraph Kyoto 1-4
Sungraph Nara No. 2
Sungraph Tokyo 1 - 5
Tea House Mouse
The Big Picture: You in Japan
The Fish from Japan
The Genius of Japan
The Japanese Earthquake of Sept. 1, 1923
This World of Ours: Japan
Trip for Tat [excerpt]
Two Faces of Japan
Wings to Japan - Pan Am
Wyeth's World Cruise: Across Japan in Cherry Blossom Time
Yanks Bomb Tokyo!
人形 Japanese Doll