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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Greg's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    A well crafted documentary by Robert Flaherty, on the life and day to day rituals of a Samoan tribe of the island of Savaiā€™i. This documentary depicts the true Moana, form day to day hunting and gathering to fishing, swimming, and other recreational activities, even how he is marked as a man in the village. A very well done and remastered part of cinematography.

  2. panagiotatos's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    perfect, ten out of ten! Magnificent documentary of a lost world!

  3. Stevie M's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    The fact that this was filmed 90+ years ago is simply astonishing! How much the relatively modern soundtrack adds to or detracts (or should that be distracts?) from the overall effect is questionable in my mind. While the singing is beautiful, the dubbed voices took away some of the (albeit staged) authenticity. I particularly enjoyed the dressmaking and tattooing scenes. I'm not quite sure what that says about me!

  4. Myles's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    Interesting a contrived "documentary" footage. But I'm sorry, the sound doesn't fit. At least in my mind, there's a hurtle between the film conventions of a silent movie and tacked on soundtrack 55 years later.

  5. Emma Teasdale's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    Beautiful pacing, scenes and narrative. Almost meditative to watch. Worth a watch even just for the interesting historical and cultural perspective

  6. kdd's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    I lived for two years in village in the Pacific and although I know parts of this movie were staged, it still didn't feel wrong or faked to me. Definitely an enjoyable watch.

  7. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    Three stars for the film, another for the soundtrack, which worked really well and brought it to life. It's worth reading the Notebook article for some background information. Gentle and interesting, even if it is staged. Lovely singing.

  8.'s rating of the film Moana with Sound

    Exquisitely shot and matched seamlessly with ambient sounds of folk song and bird calls, Moana is a charming if somewhat meandering and slow paced film by hyper kinetic modern standards. Not quite up there with Tabu, but nonetheless still a must see for all Flaherty enthusiasts.

  9. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    Beautifully shot documentary. Intriguing to see a different culture's day-to-day lifestyle.

  10. Leigh Collins's rating of the film Moana with Sound

    To me, this was like a cross between an anthropological study and a slow episode of The Island with Bear Grylls in which all the competitors are experts in island life. The film meanders between staged scenes where little happens - some are interesting, some are tedious. It would have helped if something vaguely dramatic happened, and if the editor was a little more ruthless in the cutting room.