Occupation Period Film Materials in the Makino Collection

I recently started organizing the postwar film materials in the Makino Collection.  I began with Occupation Period (GHQ period/General Headquarters) materials that include promotional materials (mainly movie theater programs) from the Central Motion Picture Exchange (CMPE), est. Nov. 1946 as an arm of the Civil Information and Education Section (CIE) of SCAP (Supreme Commander for […]

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Makino Mamoru’s recent publication

Mr. Makino and Mr. Sato Yo recently published a collection of Mr. Makino’s writings in the new book, Eigagaku no michishirube = An approach to film studies in Japan / 映画学の道しるべ = An approach to film studies in Japan. C.V. Starr East Asian Library was given a copy of this book and it is now […]

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East Asian Cinema Materials

I am often asked about Chinese and Korean cinema materials in the Makino Collection. Since processing began with the prewar Japanese materials in the collection, I usually explain that I haven’t gotten to the Chinese and Korean materials yet. This past December, I decided to start going through the boxes that my guide to the […]

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Coterie magazines (Dōjinshi/同人誌)

  Within the Makino Collection, there are 7 archival document boxes containing 115 folders of prewar and some postwar coterie magazines (dōjinshi/同人誌) or self-published journals (what we might call fanzines today) from student clubs at universities and other film and fan clubs.These publications were non-commercial periodicals that had limited circulation and contained the writings of […]

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Post-Symposium

Our Symposium, "The Makino Collection at Columbia," was a success. A total of 64 people attended throughout the day. The week following the symposium, we had extended viewing of the Collection (for 5 hours per day).  Several visitors to the Makino Collection  viewed portions of the Collection, with many of you emailing me with great […]

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Symposium – The Makino Collection at Columbia, 11/11/11

Today is the first day of November and that means we are only a little more than a week away from the first daylong symposium on the Makino Collection at Columbia.  On 11/11/11, we will welcome 8 panelists, 3 discussants, and many visitors to 403 Kent Hall (EALAC Lounge) at Columbia University to hear presentations and […]

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Charlie Chaplin and Kono Toraichi

In addition to Japanese and East Asian materials in the Makino Collection, there are items related to Western film stars.  This includes materials related to Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin visited Japan four times in his life and was clearly a popular star there – as everywhere else in the world.  Chaplin was even in Japan in […]

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Amateur film and Small gauge film

Today, when teenagers and street demonstrators can document their activities through their phones and instantly upload photos or digital video or share them through email (and then blog about them), one cannot help but be struck by the transformative power of such technology.  In the archive, it is fascinating to see what can perhaps be […]

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Welcome to the Makino Collection Blog

The Makino Blog is a place to share interesting materials and announcements about the Makino Mamoru Collection on the History of East Asian Film (牧野守コレクション, Makino Collection) as it is processed. The Makino Collection is a vast treasure chest of things I have only begun to uncover. Those who have been fortunate over the past 20 […]

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