Tales from the Corona crypt

Hey everyone, 
It’s been lovely to hear from so many of you who have reached out to me in private, asking me about Kinoimages. I hope everyone here is doing well, considering the Corona situation worldwide. Sure reminds me of Steven’s “Contagion” (or maybe Brandon Cronenberg’s “Antiviral”?)… 

I moved (back) to Berlin around October 2019 to pursue my research at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Max-Planck. For my post-doc, I am investigating color photography in the German Empire which is very exciting. It is indeed time-consuming in the best sense of the word, exciting, and challenging. I am loving every minute of it! Those of you who have kept close tabs on this blog or who may be acquainted with me personally, I finished my PhD on Sergei Eisenstein at the end of 2017. It dealt with his approach to the visual arts and art history (you can read it in English here)

As always, I have been watching more films than ever, discovering stellar works, inspirational series, new actresses and actors, new film theories etc. My mind is going at a hundred miles an hour and this brings so much joy and fulfillment to my life. But I have missed you all very much and I have not stopped thinking about all you out there who have reached out over the years and about Kinoimages through comments, emails, Facebook friendships etc..

My life has always been about images, their production processes, the stories they tell, what they don’t tell, and how are they archived. This is what, for me, this blog has been about for ca. 7 years; archiving my own viewing habits which somehow became interesting to others. I am in a perpetual state of curiosity and thrill which I would like to transmit to you, though I am unsure how.

There are so many lists out there and a lot of streaming services. The thought of doing yet another “Top 10 Steven Spielberg” post feels so uncinematic and lame to me. Reviewing streaming services feels mind-numbing as I am rarely satisfied with any of them. Posting more pictures does not do the complexity of my inner cinematic world justice, so what’s a blogger to do? 

The answer to this question would be “to transform”…which is where I am going with this. Who knows how? 

I would love to hear from all of you out there! How have you been? What have you been discovering? (I am on Facebook (.com/humanformdivine)!). 

Best wishes from Germany, 

Hanin (aka Kinofrau)


PS: Here below is a photo of me in a Berlin photo booth. The city is filled with them an I adore them! 


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Hanin aka Kinofrau: 27 and counting, Ph.D in Film Theory & Art History in progress, from the Middle-(B)east, a specter that haunts Europe, equal-opportunity offender.

2 thoughts on “Tales from the Corona crypt”

  1. Welcome back! I’ve enjoyed the format so far – both the pictures and the occasional deep review (Antichrist comes to mind).
    If you want to shake up the format some, maybe you could keep posting pictures but include a song suggestion as a pairing? e.g. set photos from a David Fincher movie paired with a grungy, industrial Nine Inch Nails song (Head Like a Hole? Wish?), a picture of Bela Lugosi paired with John Carpenter’s Bela Lugosi, a picture of Ingmar Bergman paired with Torleif Thedéen playing Bach’s Cello Suites, or something less obvious.

    Or post photos that aren’t obviously related because you like something about the juxtaposition.


    1. Hey there! Thanks for your message!
      My mind has indeed been going in that direction; of linking films to other art forms. How does a newsletter sound to you (instead of daily posts)…say a bi-monthly one with more content than just an image? Would you sign up for it?
      Best wishes,


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