Reviving a lost art

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The Bangkok Post

Sitting in the front row of an independent movie house, Piak Poster, 90, looks at a photo of his original work on screen — the pulpy handmade bai pid or film poster of Fah Talai Jone (Tears Of The Black Tiger, 2000). However, he could not remember how he made it, let alone its tear-jerking storyline and characters. “I don’t know what these scenes are about. I haven’t watched the film,” he said. “A movie promoter would tell me about key scenes and I would design and paint them.” It was his last film poster as an oil painting, a reminder of the heyday of Thai cinema. Dating back to the 1930s, th…

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