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An oft-filmed island

  • I Wayan Juniartha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 11 2011   /  07:00 am

Bali is arguably the most filmed island in the archipelago.Since 1926, hundreds of documentary films about the island have been produced by filmmakers from various corners of the world.

W. Mullens’ Bali-Leichenverbrennung and Einascherung einr Furstenwitwe, a 16 and a half minute piece on cremation,  and  Bali-Sanghijang und Ketjaqtanz, a five minute work on sacred dances, are two of the earliest documentary films from Bali.

During the pre-independence period alone, at least 14 documentary films on Bali were produced, including The Island of Demons ( 1931 ), Goona Goona, An Authentic Melodrama ( 1932 ), Tropical Nederlands ( 1935 ), Legong ( 1936 ), Tenze auf Bali ( 1937 ), An East Indian Island ( 1938 ), Bali, The Lost Paradise ( 1939 )  and Dance of the Eyes ( 1940 ).  

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