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Myanmar's film industry is getting ready for a sequel
In the YANGON - With towering blue pillars supporting a rose and amber porticus, Myanmar's Thwin Theatre is a unique relict from a gold era of filmmaking that blinded the audience more than half a millennium ago. Myanmar's motion picture business, once the liveliest and most productive in the area, shrank under a army regimen that suffocated the arts and devastated the country's economies during its reckless 50-year rule.
With young democracies emerging from the slump of regime control, the conditions are in place for a revival of the movie bind. However, the first move is to repopulate the impoverished land with theaters. Myanmar had nearly 400 theatres in its prime on its hills. "That' s not enough for 53 million people," said Mr Tin Maung Win, a gossipy business man who is trying to make a big movie with a project to create 100 new theaters in two years.
Thwin is the only theater still to sell seats to the so-called "cinema series" in Yangon - a large aorta that once owned six locations. Others were demolished to make room for a more profitable evolution, while a handsome theater from the 1920' has been disguised for years.
Maung Win and his associates were encouraged to record the "100-Kinoprojekt" after they heard about a movie made in 2012 near the Thai frontier, where the locals could not see their work because there were no screens for a mile. "It was our plan to set up movie theaters all over Myanmar," he said to the AFP, and sat next to a 300-seat models of low-cost, single-screen theaters where we could buy $1 ticket each.
Whilst they will not compete with the big film companies that were constructed at the height of the business, the hopes are that a sharp rise in cinemas will bring money to an business where the vast bulk of films now run directly on DVD. Myanmar's film business peaked in the 1950s - a period in which confidence flowed for five centuries after the country's sovereignty from Britain and before the Armed Forces overcame.
Classy, stand-alone theaters like Thwin appeared in cities across the nation, with masses of people crowding their teenager seats to see romance, thriller and alien gatecras. At the 1952 Academy Awards opening ceremonies, first prize for best painting went to Chit Thet Wai, a romance between a townboy and a rural woman struggling with a jealous sis.
However, after taking over in 1962, the regime relied more and more on the industrial sector for promoting its own work. "There is no one now who knows the arts of cinema perfectly," he added. The censor has dropped since the end of the 2011 regime and is now a box-office hit.
Burmese undergraduates at the Yangon Film School answered with a clear "no" when the AFP asked them if they liked Myanmar movies during a pause from the analysis of the 1976 classic film by Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver. "You ( "Myanmar films") are kind of good at engineering skill, like color correction and sounddesign," said Myat Minn Khant.
Myanmar's lead actor Lu Min, who considers Tom Hanks an icon, admits that many filmmakers still depend on exhausted narrative trophies and cost-cutting acronyms. "A few are trying to make our business better," he said to AFP during a pause from the shooting of his latest film. He, along with several hundred other protagonists, productions and stage managers, recently met for a three-day panel entitled "Time to Change" to debate sector reform.
He also hopes that the reconstruction of the country's cinema system will be the launch pad.