siam16mm

fragments of obsolete cinema

From the dustbin of history

Greetings from the dustin of history. I’m a film historian researching cinema’s early and Cold War history in Siam or Thailand. On this blog you’ll find scribblings and ephemera that tell a story of a time not so long ago when films were shot on silent 16mm and performed live by voice artists known as the versionists. A man called Dokdin made nationalistic films yet with such psychedelic charm that contemporary cinephiles call them cult classics. Indian movie promoters gave away handkerchiefs on film premiere nights to attract women to their latest weepies. And aspiring writers wrote a Thai form of travelogue poetry about the magic of going elsewhere with the cinema. Enjoy!

May Adadol Ingawanij

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