Atomic Light (Shadow Optics)

An extended filmography from Akira Mizuta Lippit's 2005 book, sorted chronologically. This includes not just films mentioned in the text but also those in the index, in order to include movies that are discussed in the book's notes. This is NOT all of the films mentioned in the book. There's some films in the notes that aren't in the index, but those mentions are slight and I haven't included them. Apologies if I've accidentally missed any.

The atomic radiation that ended the war in Japan unleashed an excess visuality that threatened the material and conceptual dimensions of human interiority and exteriority. It assailed the bodies it touched, seared and penetrated them, annihilating the limits that established human existence in the…

  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • Baby's Meal
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • Demolition of a Wall
  • Leaving Jerusalem by Railway
  • The Haverstraw Tunnel
  • How It Feels to Be Run Over
  • Stop Thief!
  • The Big Swallow
  • Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • An Extraordinary Cab Accident
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • An Interesting Story
  • The Other Side of the Hedge
  • New York Subway
  • The '?' Motorist
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • The Invisible Man
  • Invisible Ghost
  • Rope
  • The Invisible Man Appears
  • Ikiru
  • Ugetsu
  • Hiroshima
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Godzilla
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly
  • The Fly
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Kwaidan
  • The Face of Another
  • Serene Velocity
  • The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Eraserhead
  • Black Rain
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Maborosi
  • The Pillow Book
  • Cure
  • Ringu
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  • Hollow Man
  • Distance
  • Deanimated: The Invisible Ghost