JAKARTA – Usmar Ismail became one of four figures who received the title of hero from President Joko Widodo in the Commemoration of Heroes Day which fell on Wednesday (11/10/2021).
Usmar received the title of National Hero along with three other figures, namely Kunciatutu (Central Sulawesi), Sultan Aji Muhammad Idris (East Kalimantan), and Raden Aria Wangsakara (Banten).
Here, we review 5 films by Usmar Ismail, who is known as a journalist, writer, and director of this film.
History of National Film Day, Blood & Prayer as a Starting Point
1. Harta Karun (1949)
The film is adapted from ‘L’Avare ou L’cole du mensonge’, by the French writer Moliere. Starring Rd Ismail, Rendra Soekarno, Djuriah Karno, Hamid Arief, Herawati, and Djauhari Effendi.
Tells about Abdulkadir (Rd Ismail) whose job is a loan shark. He disapproves of his daughter, Suliati (Djuriah Karno), dating Ahmad (Rd Sukarno). Although Ahmad was a secretary, Abdulkadir did not agree, because the young man was poor.
2. Blood and Prayer (1950)
This film by Usmar Ismail tells the story of an Indonesian fighter who falls in love with a German girl. Their sweet meeting took place at the refugee camp.
Blood and Prayer is the first Indonesian film to be officially produced by Indonesia as a country. The film’s first shooting date (30 March 1950) was later celebrated as National Film Day.
3. Lewat Djam Malam (1954)
Usmar’s work was successful in winning the award for Best Film FFI in 1955. Its actors, AN Alcaff and Dhalia were also selected as Best Actor and Best Actress at the same event.
Through Djam Malam tells the condition of Indonesia when it just proclaimed its independence from Dutch colonialism. At that time, the army was still trying to control the situation and held a curfew in the city of Bandung.
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