auch, that hurt. still need to see Gomes' movie. but of course that this masterpiece is The Real Tabu.
the shark who guards the oyster beds inspired Dino Buzzati's Il Colombre.
Starting a quaint portrayal of bare-skinned island natives (‘untouched by the hand of civilisation’, so dubbed Paradise); the exotica of their rituals, here in a yarn as standing in the way of true love. Innocuous enough, while lacking much in the way of true spatial and temporal depth of past Murnau. Its second act heralds the dominion of white man, with his colonialist grasp; now rituals of money, in certain synchronicity. But, a yarn - ‘A Story of the South Seas’ - it perennially inhabits, inhibits unto itself.
the real Tabu. Not the crap with the same title doing the fest circuit at the moment. I wish cinema were well again...
Like "Sunrise," "Tabu" tells a simple love story, but F.W. Murnau trades expressionism for poetic ethnography, capturing rituals, lives and locations in Bora Bora. The film acknowledges modernity without rendering it a simplified evil. "Tabu" is also a truly visual experience, abandoning intertitles except for a few introductory passages and diegetic text. Floyd Crosby's cinematography stuns without showing off.