Post-war Thai Cinema: Audiences and Film Style in a Divided Nation

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This chapter examines a number of productions from the successful post-war ‘16 mm era’ of filmmaking in Thailand, demonstrating how these films were adapted to function in a lower-class Thai context through deploying a film style that privileged spectacle and visual excess. It furthermore indicates how the productions were designated as inferior and low quality due to their film style and targeted audience. It then proposes that the lasting impact of this era is still evident in the contemporary Thai film industry, both in homage and in characteristics that are again designated as inferior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRural cinema exhibition and audiences in a global context
EditorsDaniela Treveri Gennari, Danielle Hipkins, Catherine O'Rawe
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319663449
ISBN (Print)9783030097707
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameGlobal Cinema
ISSN (Print)2634-5951
ISSN (Electronic)2634-596X


  • Cultural and Media Studies
  • Thai Cinema
  • Post-war

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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