Gamelan Music Adds Acoustic Dimension to Silent Film
The 1933 production of Legong: Dance of the Virgins is the last feature film shot using the two-colour Technicolor process. It premieres at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre on Oct. 18 as part of the theatre’s Silents is Golden screening series.
Filmed on location in Bali using an all-Balinese cast, the tragic love story of a young Legong dancer is the last surviving silent film by a major Hollywood studio (Paramount). During the silent film era, a live pianist would normally accompany the film to add an acoustic dimension to the show. A silent film is made without simultaneous sound or dialogue.