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October 31, 2009

This week in Cine Lux

This week in Cine Lux

Cinẻ Lux is the only surviving old cinema in Phnom Penh. There is also Soriya shopping mall that has a cinema, but the Lux is truely unique. While there used to be a handful historic cinemas in the capital of Cambodia, all of them are closed now, expect for the Lux, a splendid Art Deco building from the late 1930s, that keeps showing films, occasionally even in 35 mm.

Most of them are from Thailand, sometimes from Korea, with the occasional local production thrown in. Most of the movies are horror films, the favorite genre of young Khmer movie goers. All the posters, banners etc are in Khmer, so it is often impossible to find out what the movie of the week is if you do not read the language. I am always mystified by the posters, and encourage readers to give me hints on what is on this week at the Cinẻ Lux.

This week seems to be a presentation of an old movie from the Golden Age of Cinema of Khmer Cinema, I think I recognize Kong Sam Oeun and Trente Deux.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2009 2:39 pm

    There is a six days screening of the Film Fishing the Crocodile, the new film produced by the 70s film maker, Moa Ayuth, started yesterday at the Chenla theatre…
    Fishing the crocodile got a very big support from the Cambodian audiences for over 6 months all over the country..
    Now, this film screen again for only 6 days….
    If you need more information just call me: 092 29 22 62

    Have a nice holiday
    your student


    • tilmanbaumgaertel permalink*
      November 1, 2009 2:53 pm

      Thanks for the info, will look into that. Sounds very interesting. Whoever said there is nothing to do in Phnom Penh?

  2. Kevin permalink
    July 25, 2013 1:54 pm

    The film in this particular picture is “Kakei”, directed by Biv Chhay Lienc of Indra Devi Productions and was released in 1967. The main cast was composed of Van Vannak, Vichara Dany and So Hean.

    Kakei is very popular since it was based of a poem that became a part of the core curriculum of Cambodian literature being taught in schools during the 1960s. Not sure if that is still the case now.

    It tells the story of an unfaithful concubine who is eventually punished by being exiled out to sea on a raft. It features the soundtracks, “Nis Huey Ka Key” feat. Samouth and the duet “Kboun Ka Kai” feat. Samouth and Sothea which can be heard by searching for these titles on YouTube.

    It is an extremely rare film because it remains in the private collection of Sem Sovandeth who believes the best way to preserve the Golden Age of Khmer Cinema is to apparently make a profit off it rather then donating it to the Bophana Center or even returning it to it’s director whom I believe survived the Khmer Rouge.

    Van Vannak may not have starred in as many films as his rivals Kong Som Oeurn or Chea Yuthorn but the handful of movies that featured him were immenesly popular such as “Champa Meas, Neang Sovan Tean Orn and Phka Thkol Meas”. So this along with “Sdach Domrey Sor” and “Sovan Pancha” are the only confirmed surviving films of Van Vannak. Though only Sovan Pancha is publicly available with “Sdach Domrey Sor” supposedly also in the private collections of Sem Sovandeth.

    This was one of Vichara Dany’s early films where she was renown for her performance that sh won an award at the National Film Festival in 1969. This film also help contributed to her rising popularity and by 1970 she would eclipse both rivals Dy Saveth and Som Vansodany.

    This film also features So Hean whose only other known film is “Thavory Meas Bong” also featuring Vichara Dany released the same year.

    This film was so popular it was also screened in Thailand which is the most probable reason why it has survived unlike most Cambodian films of the era. It also seems to have remained in quite a pristine condition and I do hope one day it becomes available publicly.

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