Legong (1935)

Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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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.