In his essay “Ghosts in the Darkness”, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, describes his childhood cinematic experiences. Before the invention of VHS, people would go to theatres as if visiting temples to pay homage, they would wear their best outfits and attend with reverence. Going to the theatre and buying tickets for a movie was almost like attending a sacred ritual; the directors and stars of the movie were like gods in temples. Eventually when VHS was introduced in his town the number of people going to theatres declined. Whereas Apichatpong found other movie gods in other cities, gods like Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Jean-Luc Godard, the former moviegoes disappeared, leading Apichatpong to call them “ghosts“.
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