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Restored 1935 Film about Bali: LEGONG (Dance of the Virgins)

Historic film directed by Henry de la Falaise and Gaston Glass has been restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive

Friday, November 19, 2004
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

UCLA Film and Television Archive presents:

(1935)  Directed by Henry de la Falaise and Gaston Glass

LEGONG is a mixture of documentary and fiction similar to the films of Robert Flaherty and especially to TABU (Flaherty’s collaboration with F.W. Murnau, shot in Tahiti).  More of an ethnographic travelogue and less of a romantic idyll than TABU, LEGONG (DANCE OF THE VIRGINS) also tells a sad, simple tale of love denied in Bali, Indonesia. 

A young girl, Poutou, represents her community as a Legong dancer, a holy assignment.  She is to remain “the chaste maiden and sacred dancer of the Temple” until she falls in love, when she will dance her last Legong in celebration of marriage. The trouble begins when Poutou falls for the young musician Nyoung, a talented newcomer to the local Gamelan (orchestra).  The narrative is punctuated by magnificent ceremonial dances and processions.

Producer: H. de la Falaise. Titles: Hampton del Ruth. Cinematographer: William H. Greene. Editor: Edward Schroeder. With: Goesti Poetoe Aloes, Goesti Bagus Mara, Njoman Saplak, Njoman Njong Njong. 35mm, 54 min.

Films screen at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, located on the northeast corner of the UCLA Westwood campus, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue. The theater opens one hour before showtime. Parking is available adjacent to the James Bridges Theater in Lot 3 for $7; there is free parking on Loring Ave. after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


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