Batâ Kusai

Image Culture Peregrinations

Mifune at his dapperest

Mifune at his dapperest


Magic lantern slide illustrating Dickens’ Gabriel Grub.  Other slides could be swapped in and out to fill the blank space with images of the Goblin King’s tale.  In the original story (c. 1836) this is a discrete set of animated visions, unconnected in time or space, and strung together with something very reminiscent of an optical wipe: “Again the light cloud passed across the picture, and again the subject changed.”  In magic lantern form, proto-cinema squared!

Magic lantern slide illustrating Dickens’ Gabriel Grub.  Other slides could be swapped in and out to fill the blank space with images of the Goblin King’s tale.  In the original story (c. 1836) this is a discrete set of animated visions, unconnected in time or space, and strung together with something very reminiscent of an optical wipe: “Again the light cloud passed across the picture, and again the subject changed.”  In magic lantern form, proto-cinema squared!

Meiji era educational print depicting fumie [踏み絵], an outdated practice where Japanese (ostensibly) proved they weren’t Christians by stomping on a picture of Jesus or Mary.  Curiously enough, fumie is a spring kigo [季語], one of the poetic seasonal words used in haiku.  Melting snow, cherry blossoms, warm breezes, and religious persecution apparently go—went—hand in hand.

Meiji era educational print depicting fumie [踏み絵], an outdated practice where Japanese (ostensibly) proved they weren’t Christians by stomping on a picture of Jesus or Mary.  Curiously enough, fumie is a spring kigo [季語], one of the poetic seasonal words used in haiku.  Melting snow, cherry blossoms, warm breezes, and religious persecution apparently go—went—hand in hand.

G.P. Pannini, Galleria di vedute di Roma Antica (1758).  Montage before montage.
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Makino Masahiro’s Opium War (1943 阿片戦争), historical epic & boosterism for the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere.
"SEE: …England’s mad lust for conquest! …lavish settings, dazzling (?)! …the merciless bombardment of defenseless hordes! …who lighted the fire which ignited!"
Fun thought: why an English language poster?
All you need to make a movie is a girl, a gun, and a treble clef

All you need to make a movie is a girl, a gun, and a treble clef

1912 work by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, a pioneer in color photography.  Dazzling imperfections.  See more here.
Grandma on the roof with a stereoscope, most likely itself half of a stereoscope slide
The legendary Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet, in a print by Mucha
"Female Grand Sumo Circus," a highly disreputable artform.  Notably seen in Mizoguchi’s Tale of Last Chrysanthemums (残菊物語, 1939), bodily displacing the protagonist’s kabuki troupe.

"Female Grand Sumo Circus," a highly disreputable artform.  Notably seen in Mizoguchi’s Tale of Last Chrysanthemums (残菊物語, 1939), bodily displacing the protagonist’s kabuki troupe.

Dicken’s Dream by Robert William Buss
Actress Irie Takako (入江 たか子), one of the greats of the silent era.