fragments of obsolete cinema

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

A Thai in Hollywood

If you’re doing Thai film history, it helps to have friends who amuse themselves by trawling secondhand book websites. Some months ago Ida Aroonwong of Aan Journal passed me a … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Freaks in Bangkok

Not quite my translation of salim, nope. Discovering this little review in a November 30, 1932, issue of Bangkok Times Weekly one afternoon as I was yawning my way through … Continue reading

December 10, 2011 · 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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