Orm Ok Savan is a melodramatic tale in the vein of an old-fashioned "Perils of Pauline," complete with a train bearing down on a hapless victim on the railroad tracks. While the photography is excellent, the film has one unique characteristic that derives from Thai puppet plays and is not seen elsewhere in Asia. Quite simply, the film has teams of narrators who do all the voices and the sounds. It is a ~silent~ movie. These teams sit in the cinema and while the drama unfolds, they provide the dialogue, and the sounds of gunshots, fights, running horses, lowing cattle, and anything else that pops up on the screen -- in perfect synchronic timing. Since these teams are not likely to travel beyond Thailand, this rather limits the international distribution of films of this type. As challenging as this must have been, these days, Thailand's talkies are slick and professional.
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