P.Ramlee: Tribute to a Legend - Outdoor Screenings @ China Square Central
||Tan Sri P.Ramlee (1929 - 1973) was a film actor, director, singer and songwriter. Due to his many talents and contributions to the movie and music industry, he is considered as an icon of Malay entertainment during the Golden Age of the film industry in both Singapore and Malaysia. This coming April and May, we pay tribute to this important icon with 4 retrospective screenings of his films, as part of the monthly SFS outdoor screenings at China Square Central.
||28 May 2010 (Friday) - 29 May 2010 (Saturday), 7:30pm - 9:30pm
||China Square Central, Fountain Square
18 Cross Street Singapore 048423
Free admission. This is a rain or shine event. Screenings will be shifted indoors if we encounter bad weather. Come early to reserve the limited seating, or bring along your own mats, cushions & picnic baskets!
Tan Sri P.Ramlee (1929 - 1973) was a film actor, director, singer and songwriter. Due to his many talents and contributions to the movie and music industry, he is considered as an icon of Malay entertainment during the Golden Age of the film industry in both Singapore and Malaysia. This coming April and May, we pay tribute to this important icon with 4 retrospective screenings of his films, as part of the monthly SFS outdoor screenings at China Square Central.
This is a rain or shine event. Screenings will be shifted indoors if we encounter bad weather. Come early to occupy the limited seating, or bring along your own mats, cushions & picnic baskets! For the May 28 & 29 screenings, we will be giving away free Kacang Puteh snacks. Limited to the first 200 packets!
Apr 23, 7:30 pm
Sarjan Hassan / Sergeant Hassan (PG)
1955/ Singapore/ 115 min/ Malay with English Subtitles/ B&W / Drama, War
Director : Lamberto V.Avellana and P.Ramlee (uncredited) / Cast : P.Ramlee, Jins Shamsuddin
Based on the true story of Sarjan Hassan, a soldier during the turbulent time of World War II. Hassan was called a coward by the villagers as he was forced to stay behind to take care of the plantation left by his step father. Unable to stand the heckling, Hassan decides to run away and become a young soldier. He was soon promoted to the rank of Segeant and rose to become a hero of the people. Sarjan Hassan is the only war movie in P.Ramlee's extensive career, and it is also widely considered to be his directorial debut, as he shares the roles of directing the film with Lamberto Avellana from the Philippines.
Apr 24, 7:30pm
Madu Tiga / Rivals Three (PG)
1964 / Singapore / 100 min / Malay with English subtitles/ B&W / Comedy
Director: P.Ramlee / Cast: P.Ramlee, Sarimah, Zera Agus
P. Ramlee takes a hilarious dig at polygamy in Madu Tiga (Rivals Three). Jamal (P. Ramlee) takes three wives without one knowing the other's existence. Together with his father-in-law's approval and help, he delicately juggles his marriages with ingenious lies, but as luck will have it, the three women become friends after a chance meeting at the salon. Jamal's three-way tango soon gets discovered and his wives gang up to teach him a lesson he will never forget. This gem of a comedy won the Best Comedy Award in the 11th Asian Film Festival in Taipei.
May 28, 7:30pm
Ibu Mertuaku / My Mother-In-Law (PG)
1962/ Singapore/ 120 min/ Malay with English subtitles/ B&W / Drama
Director: P.Ramlee / Cast: P.Ramlee, Sarimah, Ahmad Mahmud, Mak Dara
The story revolves around the tragic love affair between Kassim Selamat (P.Ramlee), a poor musician, and Sabariah, the only daughter of a wealthy woman. This work is considered by many to be one of P.Ramlee's masterpieces, notable with the early half of the film starting out as a romantic comedy, and the later half turning into a dramatic tragedy. Like many of P.Ramlee's works, the film criticizes the unfair caste system between the rich and the poor that was prevalent during the time. Winner of Most Versatile Talent - P.Ramlee and Best B&W Photography - Abu Bakar Ali at the 10th Asian Film Festival in Tokyo and a Special Mention Award at the Paris International Film Festival.
May 29, 7:30pm
Anak-Ku Sazali / My Son Sazali (PG)
1956 / Singapore/ 136 min/ Malay with English subtitles/ B&W/ Drama
Director: Phani Majumdar / Cast: P.Ramlee, Rosnani, Zaiton
This film tells the moving story of Hassan who has a great passion for music, from his youth to adulthood. Hassan and Ani eloped to Singapore as their marriage will never be approved by Ani's parents. Hassan worked hard to provide for his wife and soon found success as a musician. He was overjoyed when he learnt that his wife was pregnant but the happiness was short-lived as Ani died after giving birth to their son, Sazali. Hassan turns all his love and affection towards Sazali which in turn spoils the young boy. This film is notable for showcasing P.Ramlee's acting range, as he plays both the roles of the adult Hassan and Sazali. P.Ramlee won the Best Male Actor' award at the 4th Asian Film Festival in Tokyo for his dual acting roles in the film.
*In conjunction with the P.Ramlee tribute screenings, Ming Wong's award winning exhibition Life of Imitation would be presented at the Singapore Art Museum. The artist revisits Singapore's Golden Age of Cinema in the 1950s - 60s , with a showcase of P.Ramlee works and artifacts.