Moana is the finest film made by Robert J. Flaherty, founder of the documentary film movement. It is the least “dated” of the classical documentary films and seems most likely to endure the test of time.
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Seen on the same evening as Dovzhenko's IVAN. One is in praise of brutish, insane people and their god, Progress; the other in praise of people whom civilization has not yet deranged as they go about their beautiful tasks. People who wear flowers in their hair, whom the Russians' fever of energy would only terrify, and rightly so. Know the conclusion of Ode on a Grecian Urn? I'm with Keats.
Stunning fictionalized documentary that plays up unashamedly the romantic vision of pristine tribal life next to nature. Focusing on the young Polynesian couple, it is extremely well photographed and brims with lyricism in its celebration of vitality and youth. One may doubt the universality of customs and modes of interaction but Flaherty's virtuosity and grand-vision are undeniable.
Un incontournable classique du film documentaire qui reste un fascinant témoignage d'une époque et d'une culture fort lointaines aux ancestrales traditions grandement effacées par le temps qui passe et les bienfaits néfastes de la modernité...