Lewat Djam Malam

Usmar Ismail

T. int.: After the Curfew [Dopo il coprifuoco]. Scen.: Usmar Ismail, Asrul Sani. F.: Max Tera. Mo.: Sumardjono. Scgf.: Abdul Chalid. Mu.: G.R.W. Sinsu. Su.: B. Saltzmann. Int.: A.N. Alcaff (Iskandar), Netty Herawaty (Norma), R.D. Ismail (Gunawan). Prod.: Persari, Perfini. DCP. D.: 101’.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

After the Curfew is a passionate work looking directly at a crucial moment of conflict in Indonesian history: the after­math of the four-year Republican revo­lution which brought an end to Dutch rule. This is a visually and dramatically potent film about anger and disillusion­ment, about the dream of a new society cheapened and misshapen by government repression on the one hand and bourgeois complacency on the other.
The film’s director, Usmar Ismail, is gen­erally considered to be the father of In­donesian cinema, and his entire body of work was directly engaged with ongoing evolution of Indonesian society. He began as a playwright and founder of Maya, a drama collective that began during the years of Japanese occupation. And it was during this period when Ismail developed an interest in filmmaking. He began mak­ing films for Andjar Asmara in the late 40s and then started Perfini (Perusahaan Film Nasional Indonesian) in 1950, which he considered his real beginning as a film­maker. After the Curfew, a co-production between Perfini and Djamaluddin Malik’s company Persari, was perhaps Ismail’s greatest critical and commercial success.

Copy From

Restored in 2012 by the National Museum of Singapore and the World Cinema Foundation, with support from the Konfiden Foundation and Kineforum of the Jakarta Arts Council. The restoration work was conducted by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory from original film elements preserved at the Sinematek Indonesia. Special thanks to the Usmar Ismail family