Legong: Dance of the Virgins was filmed entirely on location in Bali in 1935 by the Marquis Henry de la Falaise, World War I her, the ex-husband of movie star Gloria Swanson and the current spouse of screen siren Constance Bennett. The film is a tragic tale of love denied — Poutou, a respected Legong dancer, falls in love with young musician, Nyoung. Her father is delighted with Poutou's choice and wants to help her to conquer Nyoung's heart. But Poutou's half-sister Saplak wants pines for the musician. When Nyoung chooses Saplak, Poutou drowns herself. Legong's real theme is much more than mere melodrama — it is the delineation of Balinese culture. de la Falaise captured religious rituals including frenetic dances and mystical parades, everyday dealings at the local marketplace, a cockfight (which was cut out of the British version) and, in the final scene, a mass cremation.
Small details chronicling the life of the villagers make Legong an absorbing and mesmerizing quasi-documentary in gorgeous Two-Color Technicolor!
Featured on the DVD is a restored picture and soundtrack by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, a second optional track featuring a new score composed by Richard Marriott and I Made Subandi and performed by Gamelan Sekar Jaya and the Club Foot Orchestra, Henry de la Falaise’s previously "lost" feature film, Kliou the Killer, shot in Indonesia. (1937. B&W version. 52 minutes), feature documentary Gods of Bali (1952. 56 minutes) with camerawork by Nikola Drakulic and prepared under the supervision of Robert Snyder. Courtesy of Allegra Fuller Snyder.
Milestone has an extra copy of the 1936 theatrical poster for a price of $300! See the alternate image for the blue poster design and if you would like to order it, please go to the Format button and scroll down.
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