Lumiere Brothers Japan Footage

Roger Macy macyroger at
Mon Aug 30 14:46:08 EDT 2010

The information that I passed to Rob was that,
The DVD of the Lumiere Brothers First Films
has the film: Japan: Japanese Swordfighting, Lumiere catalogue no. 926.

I have the DVD, which I bought in Lyon a few years back, considerably more 
cheaply than it's showing on Amazon.
Presumably, the other Japanse films were on other discs.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ryan Mitchell 
  To: KineJapan at 
  Cc: Jonathan M. Hall 
  Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 7:32 PM
  Subject: Re: Lumiere Brothers Japan Footage

  Hi there,

  There was a gray-market 4 DVD set that was made from, I believe, a TV2 France broadcast of "Les films Lumière" in the mid-90s. There was also a Japanese laserdisc made from the same source (which may have also been broadcast of Japanese television). Both disc versions include French and Japanese subtitles and narration.

  Just a quick scan of the menus show the following Japanese films (the number in brackets is the catalog number):

  Acteurs Japonais : Exercice de la perruque [977]
  Japonaise faisant sa toilette [1027]
  Danse Japonaise III. Gueichas en Jinrikicha [1023]
  Escrime au sabre japonaise [926]

  If you know the name of any other specific titles you are looking for I can check the menus to see if the film is included.

  ... there are *cough cough* other ways of procuring the 4 DVD set. Please contact me off-list.


  On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM, <dburall1 at> wrote:

    There was a Kino dvd, "Lumiere  Brothers' First Films"  (1996) that is now out of print. I am not sure the Japan films were included, though, or what the rights for use of the footage from the DVD entail.

    Joanne Bernardi

    -- "Jonathan M. Hall" <jmhall at> wrote:
    > Dear All,
    > If someone has an answer, I hope they might be willing to share the source more generally.
    > I'd also love to know if this footage is on DVD.
    > Jonathan M Hall
    > ________________________________________
    > 差出人: owner-KineJapan at [owner-KineJapan at] は Rob Buscher [robbuscher at] の代理
    > 送信日時: 2010年8月30日 20:02
    > 宛先: kinejapan at
    > 件名: Lumiere Brothers Japan Footage
    > Dear KineJapaners,
    > I was wondering if anyone on the list knew where I could obtain a DVD version of the Lumiere Brothers Japan footage from 1895? I was looking for something in the public domain that I could loop and project during an event that I am organizing in November. Please contact me off-list if you know where I can obtain a copy of this footage.
    > Best regards,
    > Rob Buscher
    > MA Candidate Japanese Film Studies SOAS
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