Thursday, October 8, 2009

It was 39 years ago today

Movie star Mitr Chaibuncha died on October 8, 1970, at Jomtien Beach near Pattaya, after falling from a helicopter. He was filming a stunt for the closing scene of Insee Tong (Golden Eagle). He was 36 years old and had appeared in around 266 films.

This Saturday, October 10, the Film Archive in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, remembers Mitr.

It's a special commemoration this year because director Wisit Sasanatieng has started filming a reboot of Mitr’s famous Insee Dang (Red Eagle) series, with Ananda Everingham stepping into Mitr’s shoes, portraying the masked vigilante hero.

Yarinda Bunnag has been cast as the leading lady. In Mitr's era, that role was held by Petchara Chaowarat, the now-blind former actress who's recently made high-profile appearances in a TV commercial for a brand of lipstick and in a photo spread for Lips magazine.

Activities at the Film Archive start at 9.30, with movies and discussions in the morning and a break for lunch at 12.30. The afternoon session starts at 2, and includes a 39-minute compilation of clips from Mitr’s popular movies. His contemporaries and biggest fans will take part in the talk, “What We Miss About Mitr”. Wisit, Ananda and crew are expected to be there as well.

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