National Film Center (NFC) has got independent from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and has become National Film Archive of Japan (NFAJ) since April 1, 2018. This is an archive page of former NFC.
See NFAJ website for the latest information.

Past Events

  • 2016.10.22

Silent Film Heritage and Archive

In Celebration of UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Date / Time: October 22nd (Sat.) 1pm-4:45pm

Location: Cinema 1 (2nd floor)
Capacity: 299 seats


Single Ticket 520 / University, College & High School Students, Seniors (age 65 or over) 310 / Elementary & Junior High School Pupils 100 / Disabled People (with one companion) and “Campus Members” free

・Tickets are only available from the ticket desk 30 minutes before event starts.
・To obtain concessionary tickets, visitors must show a valid piece of ID.
・Visitors must arrive at the announced time (Latecomers will not be admitted) .
・Only one ticket per person per show can be issued.

In celebration of UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, this special event “Silent Film Heritage and Archive” focuses on the original point of film archiving, through lectures and screenings of silent films with piano accompaniment.

***Lectures will be conducted in Japanese

[Lecture] *in Japanese
“Beauty of Silent Film”  by Hiroshi Komatsu (Professor, The Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University)

Sokoku Trailer, 1925, 8min
*Sokoku was directed by Yasujiro Shimazu though there is no surviving film.
The Empire of Diamonds, Dir: Léonce Perret, 1920, 52min

 [Lecture] *in Japanese
“Iris Barry and D. W. Griffith: A Japanese Archivist’s Point of View on the History of MoMA Film Library” 

by Hisashi Okajima (Chief Curator, National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Nursing a Viper, Dir: D. W. Griffith, 1909, 16min
The House with Closed Shutters, Dir: D. W. Griffith, 1910, 16min
In Prehistoric Days (aka Brute Force), Dir: D. W. Griffith, 1913, 30min

*For more detailed information, please see the following page (in Japanese).

It’s your story – don’t lose it  *slogan of this year’s celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October)

About the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

UNESCO’s Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images

Former National Film Center