The Black Ships
USA, 1970
Charles and Ray Eames

16mm film reel in canister
7¼ × 1”

Eames is a problem solver, with aesthetic and social considerations. He approaches life as a set of problems, each of which must be defined, delineated, abstracted, and solved. —Paul Schrader, Film Quarterly Vol. 23, No. 3, 1970

This film is about Commodore Perry's 'opening' of Japan to the western world (1852-1854) and the technology the United States shared with Japan in the wake of the end of its isolationist policies. The film explores these themes through Japanese artwork popular during the era.

Film run time: 8 minutes. Color.

(Photo: Wright)