October 05, 2012 00:00 By Pakamard Jaichalard
King Rama VIII's return to Thailand in 1938, a one-minute fragment of a 1927 silent and footage of the 1944 bombing of Bangkok are among this year's additions to the Culture Ministry's National Heritage Films Registry, Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploe
The second year the list has been compiled, the 25 films are registered as national heritage to mark Thai Film Conservation Day.
Thai Film Archive director Dome Sukwong said the news footage of King Rama VIII’s first return to Thailand in 1938, was “rare and highly precious”. Made by the Thai Film Co Ltd, the newsreel shows the 13-year-old King Ananda Mahidol visiting Bangkok for the first time.
The earliest film on this year’s list is 1927’s “Chok Song Chan” (“Double Luck”). It was the first narrative feature produced by and starring Thais. Recovered in 1995, all that remains is a 25-metre strip of negative – about one minute – of a car-chase scene.
Another historic film is the World War II bombing of Bangkok in 1944. The daylight raid was filmed by a B-29 aircraft that was part of the squadron assigned to bomb Bangkok after Thai government declared war on Britain and the United States on January 25, 1942.
The Thai Film Archive’s Sri Salaya Theatre in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, will show these movies at free weekend screenings throughout November and December. For more information, call (02) 482 2013-4 ext 111 or visit the ThaiFilmArchive page on Facebook.