Song of Ceylon

by Wright, Basil

Film: 35mm 1934

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A film in four parts on life in Ceylon. Uses commentary, music, and asynchronous sound for expressive effects. The first section, The Buddha, celebrates the liberation of the people from their fearful worship of the Devil by the Buddha, and a pilgrimage to the top of Adam's Peak where chants and recitations are offered; the second section, The Virgin Island, shows the culture and economy of Ceylon including crafts, fishing, harvesting the rice, etc.; The Voices of Commerce, contrasts native husbandry with the nascent modern commerce; the last section, The Apparel of a God, suggests that traditions will continue and become enriched by the encounter with the modern world.

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Funder: GPO Film Unit


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