As “Le Centre Pompidou” in Paris is organizing for the first time in France until 1 March 2010 a Malaysian-Singaporian film festival, it is a great opportunity to discover the films of Malaysia’s greatest entertainer, actor, director, composer and singer: P.Ramlee.
Despite being unschooled in music and the performing arts, Ramlee attained the heights of a legend, with an impressive track record of having acted in 65 films and sung 390 songs.
Born in 1929, Ramlee directed his first film in 1955, Penarek Becha (Trishaw Man). Shot in Black and white, his movies are full of charm and for a Matsalleh (foreigner) like me it is a great way to catch the glimpse of old Melaya, to understand the Kampung life (village culture) and enjoy the touching humor of the stories.
PZ’s favorite song.
Nowadays his films continue to be enjoyed on television, and his songs are still very popular in karaoke. If you want to impress a Malaysian, sing one of P.Ramlee’s song and you will be adopted for life!
What I sing every morning in my car 😉
Many expressions in popular Malay culture either originate or were popularized by him, with lines from his films still being quoted today.
P.Ramlee died of a heart attack in 1973 at the age of 44 years. Today, fans continue to flock to Ramlee’s birthplace, where his memorabilia are on display.
Ramlee’s Films screenings @ le Centre Pompidou, not to be missed if you are in Paris:
– Warriors Do Re Mi (Turbulence): Sunday 24 January 2010
– Curse of the Oil Man (La Malédiction de l’homme huile): Wednesdays 27 January 2010
– The Trishaw Man (Le Tireur de pousse-pousse): Saturday 6 February 2010
– My Mother-In-Law (Ma belle-mère): Friday 12 February 2010
– Three Over-age Bachelor Artistes (Trois célibataires font du cinema): Thursday 18 February 2010.
To see the other screenings Click here.