MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,341 this week

The Song of Ceylon (1934)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 265 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

(commentary)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 14 Feb 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 16 Apr 2012
 
a list of 102 titles
created 20 Jun 2012
 
a list of 783 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Song of Ceylon (1934)

The Song of Ceylon (1934) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Song of Ceylon.

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Documentary about the fishing trawler, "Isabella Grieg". We follow her from her base in Granton Harbour, in Edinburgh, right up the east coast of Edinburgh, up to the fishing grounds between Shetland and Norway.

Directors: Edgar Anstey, John Grierson
Coal Face (1935)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Documentary showing the dangerous working conditions in a Welsh coal mining community.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: W.H. Auden, Montagu Slater
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister
Stars: Chesney Allen, Leonard Brockington, Bud Flanagan
The River (1938)
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This short Depression-era documentary describes the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States. It laments the environmental destruction committed in the name of progress, ... See full summary »

Director: Pare Lorentz
Stars: Thomas Chalmers
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Directors: Jean Renoir, Jean Tédesco
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Eric Barclay, Jean Storm
Family Life (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave
At 3:25 (1924)
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Henri Rollan, Charles Martinelli, Louis Pré Fils
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Olga Voznesenskaya is a silent screen star whose pictures are so popular that underground revolutionaries risk capture to see them. She's in southern Russia filming a tear-jerker as the ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Elena Solovey, Rodion Nahapetov, Aleksandr Kalyagin
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An alcoholic doctor on a Polynesian island, disgusted by white exploitation of the natives, finds himself marooned on a pristinely beautiful island.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert J. Flaherty
Stars: Monte Blue, Raquel Torres, Robert Anderson
Drifters (1929)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: John Grierson
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Stars: Donald Calthrop
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Wendt ...
Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ceylonin laulu  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in A Sign Is a Fine Investment (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THE SONG OF CEYLON (Basil Wright, 1934) **1/2
6 January 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

It is becoming increasingly evident that several documentaries once considered great have lost much of their lustre with the passage of time. With the film under review, it is possible that the acclaim – and accolades (proudly cited in the opening title-card) – received upon release was due to its exclusive (though not artistically innovative, or even all that engaging!) look into a culture which, at the time, was foreign to Western eyes in more ways than one.

Of course, over the years, many another notable film-maker (Robert Flaherty, Louis Malle, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, etc.) has been drawn to making documentaries about the Indian 'lifestyle'. Incidentally, the use of the word "song" in the title here suggests a celebration of the topic involved (its various facets tackled, for what it is worth, in individual chapters) but, as I said, the end result – not aided by narration that is barely audible through the hiss-riddled soundtrack! – is mainly drab and only just tolerable at best.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Song of Ceylon (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?