Friday, June 20, 2008

Special outdoor screening of Ratana Pestonji's Black Silk tonight

Black Silk , Ratana Pestonji's 1961 crime drama, will be shown in a special outdoor screening tonight (June 20) at the Museum of Siam in Phranakorn District, Bangkok.

Considered Thailand's first film noir, the story is about a crime boss' right-hand man (Tom Wisawachart) falling tragically in love with a black-clad widow (Ratanavadi Ratanabhand).

Black Silk (Phrae Dum) screened at the 1961 Berlin International Film Festival, making it one of the earliest Thai films to be shown overseas. It has been cited as a major influence by celebrated Thai New Wave directors Wisit Sasanatieng and Pen-ek Ratanaruang.

It's expected that the Thai Film Foundation will release Black Silk on DVD later this year as part of a box-set to celebrate 100th birth anniversary of Ratana Pestonji.

Tonight's screening will be pretty special, because it's outdoors, as films were shown in the olden days in Thailand, and still are in some places, and National Film Archive director Dome Sukwong will be on hand to give a talk about the film.

The screening starts at 7pm. Admission is free. Call (02) 622 2599 ext 517.

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(Cross-published at The Nation Weblog)

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