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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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  (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

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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Worth Watching for Film Buffs, 28 June 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Docu-drama has the benefit of being one of the last silent movies released by a major studio (Paramount) as well as being one of the last 2-strip Technicolor movies. The film, taking place in Bali, tells the story of Poutou (Poetoe Aloes Goesti), a girl who falls in love with a boy (Njong Njong Njoman) but he's in love with Poutou's younger sister (Saplak Njoman). This film was shot in 1933 but not released for a couple years and when it finally got released it was shown in three different versions. The British version removed all the violence while the American version removed all the nudity. The DVD from Milestone presents the film uncut, clocking in just under an hour, and the history behind the film is the only real reason to check this out. de la Falaise was married to Constance Bennett at the time he made this and it was her who gave all the money. I think film buffs might get a kick out of seeing such a late silent and one in the 2-strip but that's pretty much all we have here. The biggest problem is the fake "story" they built the real action around. We really didn't need to go to Bali to see this sort of love triangle so the story adds very little to nothing. I think the biggest benefit to this film is the Technicolor, which looks great and really shows off all the colors of the land. Another reason to watch it would mainly be for history buffs who want to see Bali as it was in 1933. There's no doubt that the land is beautiful and gives the viewing a lot to take in. It should also be noted that in the uncut version we get to see some violent cockfights. Also, the women in the film don't wear shirts so one should expect a lot of nudity and what might turn some off is that it's obvious many of the girls here are very, very young. With that said, the end results isn't a classic like so many of these docu-dramas from this era but it's a nice looking film.

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