In one island of Bora Bora lagoon, a young fisherman, Matahi, is in love with Reri. But she is chosen to be the holy maid and therefore becomes “tabu”. They ran away from that tradition. Will they be happier and luckier in the more “civilized” society ? —IMDb
To this day German filmmaker F. W. Murnau remains one of the most influential directors of cinema. After studying art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg, he became a student of director Max Reinhardt until serving in World War I as a combat pilot. During a flight, he accidentally strayed into Switzerland and stayed there till the war’s end. He made his directorial debut in 1919 back in Germany; although he made several films over the next three years, most of them have been lost. Murnau first gained international renown with Nosferatu the Vampire in 1922. Unlike others, Murnau filmed this still chilling masterpiece on location. His next film, The Last Laugh (1924), utilized unique camera techniques that later became the basis for mise-en-scene. He continued making German films, notable for their pessimism and pervading sense of doom, until he moved to Hollywood in 1926 to work for Fox studios. His first American film, Sunrise: A Story of Two Humans (1927), is considered… read more
At first glance a straightforward, kitsch take on innocent natives frollicking in their South Sea paradise, it develops into a striking condemnation of a shambling and joyless patriarchal system, personified by the zombie (and Orlok)-like Hitu. The U.K. Masters Of Cinema release comes highly recommended, especially with its excellent commentary track.
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Murnau would live to see this film to completion, but he would die before its release. It makes sense that he would die. With making Tabu, Murnau would act in complete defiance of God. Murnau gives… read review