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

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

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

Bayinnaung in MovieScope

When we speak of the globalisation of cinema we tend to forget previous trajectories of film circulation. So I was excited to come across this advert in an issue of … Continue reading

May 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘Scope with scraps

A few years ago I spent a strangely enjoyable summer looking up dog-eared newspapers and badly deteriorated magazines from the 1950s and 1960s at the National Library in Bangkok, just … Continue reading

December 2, 2011 · 1 Comment

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