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Kino is short for the word "kinography," which is often ironically used on 4chan's /tv/ (television and film) board and Reddit's /r/moviescirclejerk when referring to the highest caliber of film.


At the beginning of the 1929 film Man with a Movie Camera directed by Sovet filmmaker Dziga Vertov, a statement is displayed referring to "absolute kinography" as an "absolute language of cinema":

"This new experimental work by Kino-Eye is directed towards the creation of an authentically international absolute language of cinema – ABSOLUTE KINOGRAPHY – on the basis of its complete separation from the language of theatre and literature."

On 4chan, kino is often used as shorthand for kinography as a joke classification for the highest tier of film, followed by "cinema," "film," "movie," "flick" and "joint." As early as September 2014, a copypasta containing a "superior patrician ranking" of films began circulating on /tv/, featuring "Absolute Kinography" at the top (shown below).[6]

1. Человек с киноаппаратом (1929, Dziga Vertov)
2. Суд народов or Sud narodov (1947, Yelizaveta Svilova)
3. Новости дня (1954, Dziga Vertov)

1. L'année dernière à Marienbad (1961, Resnais)
2. Voskhozhdenie (1977, Larisa Shepitko)
3. The Birth of a Nation (1915, D. W. Griffith)

1. 黒い河 (1957, Masaki Kobayashi)
2. Höstsonaten (1978, Ingmar Bergman)
3. Dog Star Man: Part I (1962, Stan Brakhage)

1. Le voyage dans la lune (1902, Georges Méliès)
2. Le Dernier Samaritain (1991, Scott)
3. Offret (1986, Andrei Tarkovsky)

1. Een hagedis teveel (1960, Verhoeven)
2. 七人の侍 (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
3. Mauvais Garçons (1995, Bay)

1. Mo' Better Blues (1990, Lee)
2. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983, Lee)
3. Do The Right Thing (1989, Lee)


On September 19th, 2015, an anoymous 4chan user started a thread with a green text story about going to see "kino" and later realizing it was actually "cinema" (shown below).[7]

Anonymous Sat 19 Sep 2015 08:53:54 No.61054094 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>61054469>61055539>61055982>>61056212 >Friend invites me to watch kino >realise halfway trough its actually cinema Reasons to liv View Same Google iqdb & nervous pepe.jpg, 7KiB, 231x218 SauceNAO Anonymous Sat 19 Sep 2015 09:13:26 Quoted By: >>61054381 12KiB, 200x200 4e28b3e5fa6ba861acf1605b07cOda05143 0092797 large.jp9 View Same Google qdb SauceNAO ask qt out >she actually says yes tell her i'll take her to a film >mfw halfway through i realize it's a movie Anonymous Sat 19 Sep 2015 09:14:04 No.61054381 Repor 61054373 did u hug? Anonymous Sat 19 Sep 2015 09:16:10 No.61054417 Report could have been worse could have been a movie theatre Anonymous Sat 19 Sep 2015 09:18:00 No.61054458 Report >Go to a film >Turns out it's a film so I can't shitpost on /tvl about it

On April 12th, 2016, Redditor khazixtoostronk submitted a post asking what users on 4chan's /tv/ board "mean with the word 'kino'?" to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[1] to which Redditor Ammaeli cited its ironic association with patricians on 4chan and linked to multi-pane image comparing examples of "Cinema," "Film," "Movie" and "Flick" (shown below).


On April 15th, a similar thread was submitted to the /tv/ board on 4chan, to which an anonymous user responded with a photoshopped chart attributed to the USCSchool of Cinematic arts, placing Kinography as the highest tier in a slide titled "Motion Picture Classifications" (shown below).[3]

USCSchool of Cinematic Arts Motion Picture Classifications Motion Picture Any series of pictures projected in uccession to create the ilhzion of movement. Examples A Trip to the Moon (1902) Kumaré (2011) Feature Photoplay The application of motion picture to present a narrative (though not necessarily normative). Examples Reseivoir Dogs (1992) Rocky Hoinor Pictue Show (1975) Motion pictures with entirely no arrat tive goals; photograplhic montage Examples 13 Lakes (2004) Joint Movie Film A feature dedicated to monetaiy uccess and lacking complex themes, utilizing noted actoiís). Examples The Inteiview (2014) Jack and Jill (2011) A featue created primarily for the audience and prioritizing entertainument. Examples Panic Room (2002) The Americanization of Emily (1964) A feature created for both the auclience and the filım-makers; often called 'art film' for its substance. Examples Solari (1972) The Color of Pomegranates (1969) Flick Cinerama Cinéma Featue focused on money but containing a semblance of saubstanee not quite a movie. Examples The Avengers (2012) Sixteen Candles (1984) Movie with a formal, theatrical aspect, often bridging the gap between movie and film. Examples Battle of the Bulge (1965) Khaitoum (1966) A film that entirely prioritizes ubstance over audience: often inaccessible to casual viewers. Ex Det sjunde inseglet (1957) Bocxot eHIDe (1977) Cinématographe Kinography A film bridging features and photoplays, forgoing nairative in a but the most broad see. Examples Un Chien Andalou (1929) Le Sang dun Poéte (1930) Photoplay utilizing partially or entirely self-made frames, movement made art. Examples The Dante Quartet (1987) Mothlight (1963) *Veitovis often considered the 'father' of kinography but in his desire to prohice a so-called 'ABSOLUTE KINOGRAPHY' it makes sense to dihite his work to the purest fom photoplay itself D---, Bernard F. Anatomy of Film Boston, Mass.: Bedford/St. Martin's, c2003. DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood Los Angeles, Cali: "Melancholia", Sep 2011 Call no.: 791.43 DIC, library@esplanade Fimmaker's Dictionary. 2nd Ed. 2000 Call No.: RART 791.4303 SIN terview with Kiefer Sutherland In Vertov, Dziga. Man with a Movie Camera, Absolute Kinography, and Radio-Eye, 1928 in Tsivian, Lines of Resistance, p319

On June 10th, Urban Dictionary[2] user PatricianMaster submitted an entry for "kino," referring to it as "the highest tier of artistry in film" that "can only be enjoyed by patricians" (shown below).

kino The highest tier of artistry in motion pictures. Kino is above all the other categories (Joints, Flicks, Movies, Film, and Cinema Kino can only be enjoyed by patricians. Plebeians aren't ready for kino, as they would have trouble picking up on the subtle sociological themes & masterfully-executed yet intentionally-mistransmitted messages that always seem to fly right over lesser minds undetected. These motion pictures are eternally poignant, forever relevant, steeped in an understanding of the world and exuding it unto others like a blessing from heaven, made from important thinkers, visionaries. Unlike bar-lowered s-----content-pushers like Tarantino. Joints, flicks, and movies appeal to a wide range, while Kino is for people with a true passion and understanding of filmmaking. Pleb: ljust saw the new superhero moviel It was sO AWESOME Patrician: Get out of my sights, people with taste watch Kino like Le Ravageur Pleb: Bruh, get outta here with that boring poop.! by PatricianMaster June 10, 2016

On June 30th, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a post titled "Ideology in film," along with an image featuring the posters for several films with the heading "Essential Epiphenomenal Performances in Kino" to the /lit/ board (shown below, left).[5] On May 7th, 2017, actor William Shatner replied to a tweet about his favorite boards on 4chan, asking "Is it kino?" (shown below, right).[8]

Essential Epiphenomenal Performances in Kino rm NICOLAS WINDING REFN rit aserDRIVIE BLANCHETT OONEY MAR CARO GOSLING THOMAS 1 A MTHELAW ONLY GOD FORGIVES MAD MAX NEMAS JAN 14 LesMiserables Actors who deconstruct master narrative with instantiated masks, phallogocentric polemics or hermeneutic transgressions LIAM NEESON DANISH GIRL brought to you by /tvi/ William Shatner @WilliamShatner Is it kino? Will @TiodeCapaNegra Replying to @WilliamShatner 1 more or less good of three, not bad, tho x/ had lost lots of auality content

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