fragments of obsolete cinema

Haunted houses and ghostly crowds

In their different ways the best teachers I’ve had and the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul tell me similar things: people try to overcome the hell of the eternal present by … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Attractions for consumption

In the early decades of cinema in Siam, before the nationwide circulation of newspapers and the expansion of radio broadcasting, film exhibitors adopted highly localised tactics to advertise their coming … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a 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

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