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RA Kartini

Director Sjumandjaya

Producer Harris Lasmana

Screenplay P.T Nusantara

Film Cinematography Soetomo Ganda Soebrata

Editing Soemardjono

Production Design Djufri Tanissan Sound Endang Darsono

Music Sudharnoto

Cast Jenny Rachman (Kartini), Nani Widjaya, Drs R. M. Wisnoe Wardhana, Ny. Swandari Wardhana, Bambang Hermanto, Adi Kurdi

Production Company / World Sales PT Nusantara

Film Format VHS Video/ Colour /English subtitles/165 min.

Kartini’s husband and his mistresses

R.A. Kartini is a film biography of the Javanese women’s emancipationist and educator, Kartini, who founded schools for women in North Central Java at the end of the nineteenth century.

Based on her letters (published in English in 1920 as Letters of a Javanese Princess) and on memoirs written by friends and acquaintances, the film preserves, in its structure, the two levels of Kartini’s life: on the one hand, her thwarted and brief public life; on the other, her letters, which were to have an important influence on the women’s movement in Indonesia.

Written and directed by Moscow trained Sjuman Djaya, who from the early 1970s until his death in 1985, was one of Indonesia’s most progressive and innovative directors, R.A. Kartini impressively recreates Kartini’s social context – the family life of the Javanese aristocracy, with its rigid hierarchies and gender discrimination; the ambitions of the Dutch colonial administrators; and Dutch exploitation of Javanese peasants, forcing them to work on Dutch plantations.

Kartini and her husband arrive back at the Regency of Rembang

Using cinemascope and colour, the film attempts to represent Kartini’s life, to a large extent, from her point of view. The dialogue of the film is in 3 languages – Indonesian, Javanese and Dutch – in accordance with the director’s belief in preserving linguistic differences. As a result it needed partial subtitling even in Indonesia.

http://arts.monash.edu.au

17 thoughts on “RA Kartini

  1. nadanusantara said: sayang sekarang nggak ada yg bikin seperti ini lagi ya mas

    wah sekarang lagi musim hantu… sampai ada hantu budeg juga ….
    dunia film negeri ini pasti bakal sekarat kalau cara produksinya spt ini… jd bukannya berdasarkan naskah atau tema yg masuk, dipilih yg bagus dst dst … tp semata-mata ikut selera pasar dan latah semua … menyedihkan ya …

  2. ungguls said: tp semata-mata ikut selera pasar dan latah semua … menyedihkan ya …

    kayanya emang masyarakat kita senangnya cuma tema2 hantu , cinta dan sex..semalam liat wawancara soal film animasi, rasanya ikut deg2an….takut nggak laku!!

  3. erwin80s said: apa film "Ibunda" sempet beli juga wie VCD ori nya? gue banyak film2 bagus yang ketinggalan. yang masih banyak beredar malah film2 vcd ori warkop DKI dan benyamin s😛

    nggak sempet beli…Tuti Indra Malaon kan? Aktingnya bagus banget

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