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15 November 1935 (USA) See more »
In Bali, a young woman falls in love with a musician, but he may have eyes for her half-sister. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Important historically and many 13 year-olds will no doubt like it, but it is a dull little film. See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)
Poetoe Aloes Goesti ... Poutou
Bagus Mara Goesti ... Her father - Gousti Bagus
Saplak Njoman ... Her half-sister - Saplak
Njong Njong Njoman ... The boy - Nyong
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Directed by
Henri de la Falaise 
Produced by
Henri de la Falaise .... producer
Constance Bennett .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Richard Marriott (2004)
I. Made Subandi (2004)
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene  (as William H. Greene)
Film Editing by
Edward Schroeder 
Sound Department
Philip Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer (2004 score)
Music Department
Gamelan Sekar Jaya .... music performers: 2004 score
Abe Meyer .... music supervisor
Club Foot Orchestra .... music performers: 2004 score
Philip Perkins .... music editor: 2004 score
Philip Perkins .... music recordist: 2004 score
Sam Wineland .... conductor (as Samuel Wineland)
Other crew
Hampton Del Ruth .... intertitler: USA

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65 min | UK:53 min
Color (Technicolor) | Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
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A musical score that combines Western and Balinese musical traditions was composed in 1999 by Richard Marriott and I Made Subandi. It has been performed live at screenings for the film at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival twice, in 1999 and 2013. In both cases, it was performed by joint musical groups Gamelan Sekar Jaya and The Club Foot Orchestra.See more »
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Important historically and many 13 year-olds will no doubt like it, but it is a dull little film., 23 August 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

If you are a kid, you might find this ethnographic film interesting--mostly because there are so many bare-breasted young ladies in the film. However, this is NOT hot stuff--more like stuff I saw in "National Geographic" decades ago. But, back in 1932, this was about as hot as you'd normally find and I am sure many went to the film in the name of 'education'--only to really see some pubescent Balinesian babes. Hot stuff for 1932, but amazingly tame today.

About the only thing (other than breasts) that someone might be interested in this film relates mostly to die-hard cinephiles. These folks and film historians might be interested because this is the last of the Two-color Technicolor films made in the US. This process was abandoned because it did NOT produce true color, but various shades of blue-green and orange-red. In its best (such as in the original "Phantom of the Opera") it's striking, but all too often it just looks pretty washed out and weird--hence the move to a Three-color Technicolor in the mid-late 1930s. In addition, the film is of some mild interest because it's also the last silent produced by a major studio in America--Paramount. However, this film was made mostly for international release and it was pared down to remove the cleavage for audiences at home.

For the most part, you see a lot of bare-breasted women doing a variety of mundane tasks--too mundane actually. It's all strung together with a story, of sorts, about young romance and sisters who become rivals. But none of it is interesting enough to make you stay watching until the end. Mostly, it's tedious and only passable, at best, entertainment--very, very slow entertainment at that!

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