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  • Black Silk

    Black Silk


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ratana Pestonji’s Prae Dum has been described as Thailand’s first film noir. The fact that it kicks off with a monk lecturing us about karma might also make it the first Buddhist noir. Typical of Pestonji’s work, the film, while modest, is still technically miles ahead of most of what was coming out of Thailand at the time, thanks to the director’s insistence on using 35mm film and synch sound, both of which, even in 1961, were far from the…

  • Magic Lizard

    Magic Lizard


    The plot synopsis above was taken verbatim from my review of this film over at