GOONA GOONA

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Showings

Castro Theatre Sat, May 4 2:30 PM
Film Info
Director:André Roosevelt and Armand Denis
Cast:Wyan
Dasnee
Seronee
Ktot
Nonga
Okan
Year:1932
Country:Bali
Total Run Time:65 min.
Format:DCP

Description

Live musical accompaniment by Club Foot Gamelan
Told as if to an ethnographer, the story of Goona Goona transforms an ostensible Balinese legend into a melodrama enacted by locals and filmed by foreigners André Roosevelt and his son-in-law Armand Denis. Life is peaceful in this seaside kingdom until a prince returns from studying abroad and turns his unbidden attention to an unattainable lower-cast girl betrothed to another. Intrigue and romance are but excuses however for what is essentially a showcase of the island’s natural beauty and its people’s ancient culture of farming, fishing, ritual, and dance seen through Western eyes. A 1930s hotspot for affluent tourists Bali hosted a series of artists and adventurers that included painters, photographers, ethnographers, filmmakers, movie stars, writers, and scions of the wealthy, who returned home with their own romanticized versions of Balinese life. Roosevelt and Denis’s gorgeously photographed film launched an avalanche of imitators released in American art houses as “Goona Goona” films.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress

Additional Information



Musical accompaniment by Club Foot Gamelan

Members from Club Foot Orchestra join with international gamelan virtuosos as Club Foot Gamelan to accompany Goona-Goona: An Authentic Melodrama from the Isle of Bali. An ensemble of Indonesian percussion and voices, with Western strings, winds, and horns perform an original score by Club Foot Orchestra musician Richard Marriott.