The Nitwit Movie Stars
Saturday, 13 January 2018
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Lawn
Directed by: P. Ramlee
Starring: P. Ramlee, Saloma, Aziz Sattar, S. Shamsuddin
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 121 minutes
Seniman Bujang Lapok is a comedy that follows Ramli, Aziz and Sudin—the eponymous “bujang lapok”, or cruddy bachelors—on their misadventures living in a crowded long house and auditioning at the Jalan Ampas film studio in a bid to become movie stars. Much to the chagrin of the director, the Malay Film Productions employs them despite their inexperience and total ignorance of the film industry. The popular film is a satirical take on the Malay-language film industry and the Malay community in the 50s and 60s. The everyday life and attitudes of the Malay community is explored through the encounters and interactions of Ramli, Aziz and Sudin with strangers, neighbours, and love interests.
Film Still: Seniman Bujang Lapok, 1961. Image Courtesy of © 1961 Shaw Organisation.