Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jonathan Rosenbaum and Sisworo Gautama Putra's Sangkuriang (1982)

In 1991, film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum watched Sisworo Gautama Putra's Sangkuriang (1982). And Apparently he was impressed with this exploitation film.
He wrote 2 articles related to the film:
First, a short review

This lively and enjoyable Indonesian feature (1982) in ‘Scope, directed by Gautana Sisworo Putra from a screenplay by Ignatius Sukardjasman, is based on an ancient Sunda legend with oedipal overtones; the hero accidentally kills his father (although sometime after the latter has been turned into a dog) and almost marries his mother. It’s full of enchantment, alternately campy and exhilarating in its employment of fantasy and magic (with some beautifully choreographed martial arts that include Superman-like flights), but unfortunately it’s been censored somewhat for stateside consumption. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, Monday, June 10, 7:00, 281-4114)


And the second one, he puts this corny film in his 1991 non-Hollywood worth-seeing films

Other movies of the year that are eminently worth seeing (excluding the American titles already listed) are The Architecture of Doom, Ay, Carmela!, Billy Bathgate, The Comedy of Money (a resurrected Dutch feature by Max Ophuls), The Double Life of Veronique, The Garden, The Interrogation, Larks on a String, Life Is Sweet, Little Man Tate,The Match Factory Girl, My Father’s Glory, Night and Day (Chantal Akerman’s latest, shown at the Chicago International Film Festival),Open Doors, Palombella Rossa, Privilege, Sangkuriang (an Indonesian feature made in 1982), See You Later (a Michael Snow short), Slacker, Strand: Under the Dark Cloth, Swan Lake–The Zone, and 1000 Pieces of Gold.

As far as i know, Sangkuriang has never been exported overseas. So, I guess Rosenbaum watched it in a movie theater or film festival (he mentioned 'Scope). CMIIW.

Hereby i attach the full version of the film, but unfortunately no English subtitles.