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Tabu (Tabu: A Story of the South Seas) (1931)

Directed by


Starring
Matahi Matahi
The Boy
Anne Chevalier Anne Chevalier
The Girl
Ah Fong Ah Fong
The Businessman


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F.W. Murnau F.W. Murnau
(told by)


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2 years, 1 month ago at Apr 10 16:02
(YT) I like to see more Flaherty storytelling with natives among their elements (a la Nanook), than tragic Murnau themes. There´s no spilled blood, theres transgressión, juts totems and tabus, we could imagine another escape by the girl...

A classic

1 year, 8 months ago at Sep 13 10:38
Since this movie seemed to have a solid reputation (it is included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list among other things), I was quite eager to check it out. I wonder if it was, after ‘Nosferatu’, only the 2nd movie directed by Murnau that I have seen so far and it is quite impressive how the two movies were so different from each other. With this in mind, I’m not surp... read more
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On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin.
Release date: 1 August 1931
UPC: 014381593129
Tags: 1931 (8), Silent (7), 1930s (6), Romance (5), Drama (3), Love (3), Pearl (3), Bora Bora (2), Tropical Island (2), Yacht (2), Shark (2), B&w (2), Tragedy (2), D.T. (1), Nudity (1), Paramount Pictures (1), Tripilandia (1), South Seas (1), 30's (1), Outrigger Canoe (1)
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johanlefourbe posted a review 1 year, 8 months ago

A classic

“Since this movie seemed to have a solid reputation (it is included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list among other things), I was quite eager to check it out. I wonder if it was, after ‘Nosferatu’, only the 2nd movie directed by Murnau that I have seen so far and it is quite impressive how the two movies were so different from each other. With this in mind, I’m not surprised that Murnau was considered as one of the great masters of silent movies and I should definitely check his other movies. Eventually, what I enjoyed the most about this movie was its visual aspect. Indeed, the vintage footage was quite beautiful to look at and, while ‘Nosferatu’ was a dark fantastical tale and still one of the best horror movies ever made, this movie was so luminous with s” read more

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