A Visit to the Thai Film Archive
During the summer, I used a stop-over in Bangkok to finally pay the Thai Film Archive a visit. It was great and absolutely worth the long trip from downtown Bangkok (almost one hour on the bus to Salaya…).
I found some great material for my research on Cambodian cinema, and I absolutely enjoyed the tour of our charming guide Sanchai. The museum, housed in a replica of the first sound studio in Thailand, is a charmingly idiosyncratic affair full of whimsical details (much of it apparently the brain child of archive director Dome Sukwong) that strikes me as “very Thai”. One exhibit, a carefully placed can with sardines, is supposed to remind the visitor that film is really just a commercial product from the producer’s point of view.
Other exhibits include the sets of films like Together forever and Nang Nak, galleries of movie posters and record covers of soundtracks. With pieces from ramshackle seats from movie houses in the Thai northern provinces to the costume of one of the monkey ghosts from „Uncle Boonmee“, there is a lot to be discovered.
I just photographed everything I saw, and here is a complete dump of my pics.
To get to the Thai Film Archive, take Bus 515 from the Victory Monument in front of Rajvitee Hospital in Bangkok, and get of at Horpappayon in Salaya or when you see a strange yellow building with a huge fish in front of it on the right hand side. Don’t worry, it is easier than it sounds. The museum is open on Sundays.