Eighty years ago, on June 24, 1932, the People's Party seized power and transformed Siam from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional democracy. A film crew recorded the historic revolution of that day on 35mm film, and the "movie" went on tour around Bangkok cinemas.
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But the turbulence of those years was enormous. The tussle, coup and counter-coup _ above ground and underground _ between the conservatives and the revolutionary forces were protracted, and the film was later banned before it was allowed to be shown again in a back-and-forth wrestle that reflected the shifting of power beyond the cinema screen.
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