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. Made shortly after the independence, Lewat Djam Malam is regarded as Indonesian classic and was the first movie to be restored. A rare opportunity to catch a glipse of the Indonesian society right after the war.
Lewat Djam Malam is Usmar Ismail's best work, it is a social critique on the struggling lives of the war veterans. It is for them; Usmar Ismail wrote this tribute at the end of the film: "For them who has sacrificed their lives, so that we could live to enjoy the fruits of freedom, For them who have given and ask nothing in return."
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