Vampires, Shakespeare, Vintage Rom-Com at ‘Silent Film Fest’

BANGKOK — Bram Stoker’s legendary Transylvanian, Shakespeare’s emo prince of Denmark and seven other soundless stories will screen at two good-ole’-day indie cinemas for a full week.

The Silent Film Festival opens Thursday at Scala Theatre with the 1922 German Dracula adaptation “Nosferatu,” accompanied by music performed live by pianist Gunte A. Buchwald and composer-musician Anant Narkkong.

The following eight silent films include one of the best-known silent Shakespearean films, 1921’s “Hamlet,” vintage French rom-com “Two Timid Souls” (1928), and a struggling elderly hotel doorman in “The Last Laugh” (1924).

The film schedule is available online. Tickets at Scala Theatre are 200 baht and 120 baht for Lido Theatre. Subtitles of dialogue intertitles will be included in Thai.


The festival, organized by Thai Film Archive and Goethe-Institut Thailand,  runs Thursday through June 22 at Siam Square’s Scala and Lido theaters.


All screenings will be accompanied by live music played alternately by Anant, Buchwald and pianist Tama Kerena from New Zealand.