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A Sunday afternoon with Ly Bun Yim

June 21, 2011
Ly Bun Yim

Ly Bun Yim

On Sunday, we went to visit Cambodian outsider auteur Ly Bun Yim at his house in Kandal. I have written about his master piece Twelve Sisters before. The purpose of the visit was to watch another movie from the 1960s, Sobsith. (Look for a contemporary review from the time of its release here.) There is a video clip from the film on Youtube, but I do not want to link to it, as it creates a completely misleading impression of this piece de resistance of Cambodian cinema from its Golden Age in the 1960s. Look for it yourself, if you are curious.

The master watched the film with us (how many times must he have seen this movie, one of the two surviving films out of his lost oeuvre of over a dozen of films?), and we got treated to a live director’s comment, that would have been worthy of an extra audio track on a DVD re-release.

After the screening, he showed us the soundstage that he has constructed on the second floor of his house, and the Royal Palace that adorns its roof. Both are waiting for new film productions. The palace on the roof can be turned into thirty different types of palaces, according to Ly Bun Yim, depending on the requirements of the film.




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