fragments of obsolete cinema

Figures of plebeian modernity

I had the fortune to shift into film studies in the mid-1990s as this relatively young discipline was hitting a crisis. As cinema reached its centenary the object of the … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Loiter and learn

Here are some snapshots of cinemagoing in Siam/Thailand roughly between the 1920s and 1950s. I found this uncredited photo in a stall round the corner from Jatujak Market in Bangkok, … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

The ghost of snowy Texas

It’s now a sukiyaki restaurant whose one remnant of its past life is the word Texas in its name. But once upon a time there stood a cinema in an … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 1 Comment

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