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Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 15 November 1935 (USA)
In Bali, a young woman falls in love with a musician, but he may have eyes for her half-sister.
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Cast overview:
Poetoe Aloes Goesti Poetoe Aloes Goesti ... Poutou
Bagus Mara Goesti Bagus Mara Goesti ... Her father - Gousti Bagus
Saplak Njoman Saplak Njoman ... Her half-sister - Saplak
Njong Njong Njoman Njong Njong Njoman ... The boy - Nyong
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In Balinese villages, pageant, dance, music, story-telling, and religion dominate the culture. Young women may be the aggressor in love, but disgrace befalls her whose choice rejects her. Poutou, a nubile maiden who dances at the temple, lives with her jovial father and lovely younger sister, Saplak. Poutou falls in love with Nyong, a musician new to the village. He returns her interest, so her father and she make plans for a marriage, and she arranges to perform her final temple dance. Then Nyong's eyes light on Saplak. How will each character react? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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Last Film Made in Two-Strip Technicolor
29 December 2002 | by tjmayerinsfSee all my reviews

This film was the last Hollywood film produced and released in two-strip Technicolor and the last silent film produced in Hollywood.

The film was beautifully filmed in Bali, and has a musical soundtrack with titles (no dialogue). Legong was produced by Bennett Productions, and originally released by Paramount International (outside the US only) due to concerns about brief female nudity in the film. However, later in the 30's the film apparently showed up in various mutilated versions in so-called "grind houses" in New York City under various lurid titles. The UCLA Film and Television Archive restored Legong in 1999, using prints from the US, Canada, and the UK. The Archive plans to restore one other two-strip Techicolor film, Kliou the Killer Whale, also directed by Henri de la Falaise and released by Bennett Productions.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dança das Virgens See more »

Filming Locations:

Bali, Indonesia

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Bennett Pictures Corp. See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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Color (2-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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