Legong: Dance of the Virgins

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Best known as one of Gloria Swanson's former husbands, the Marquis de la Falaise proved that he'd picked up some show-business acumen during his Hollywood years by producing the Technicolor docudrama Legong, Dance of Virgins. Filmed on location on the island of Bali, the story concerns a benighted romance between an island maiden named Poutou and her boyfriend Njong. When he throws her over in favor of her half-sister, the distraught Poutou drowns herself. Before this happens, however, she participates in the traditional Balinese dance of the virgins (hence the film's title). Perhaps she should have remembered the ancient island prophecy "Should love enter thine eyes and go to the heart, beware, for should he whom thou choosest not return thy love, thy gods will frown and disgrace will befall thee" (Believe it or not, that line is in the picture!) Like most South Seas "documentaries" of the period, Legong, Dance of the Virgins featured enough bare-breasted females to keep the male moviegoers from dozing off.

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  • Jun 22, 2010
    one of the last feature films produced in the two-strip technicolor process was this interesting piece filmed entirely in bali with all-native cast in 1933. the story follows a temple dancer who chooses her future husband only to have him fall for her sister, bringing heartbreak and disgrace. native dancing and rituals are featured. the censors were more lenient with nudity in alleged anthropological studies!
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2010
    As much a travelogue as a love story, this simple story of "girl loves boy, boy loves another" is memorable in that it was filmed in Bali with authentic native people in all the major roles. Examples of native dancing, customs and folklife fill the screen, made even more vivid by being filmed in two-strip Technicolor. It is also said to be one of the last official "silent" films. A sad, sweet film.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer

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