well, I was pretty confused with this movie, sometimes the story became silly (in my opinion) and also the love story seemed totally irrelevant or plain. Although I wouldn't want to make the mistake, because it's not a so simple movie and it does has other "hidden" meanings.Although they were not that meaningful for me, there were some good scenes or moments however it left no mark on me.
A beautiful, heartwarming love story set among the idyllic islands of the South Pacific. No doubt Murnau would have adapted most proficiently to talking pictures, had he not died so close into their infancy (just a week before the film's premiere). But this shows that his own voice and vision as a director were already at a remarkable and intelligible height.
Admittedly difficult to stay entertained having been spoilt by the talkies, but the exotic setting and imaginative mix of soundtrack and picture was beguiling enough to give it a chance. Upon that, the classic star-crossed lovers narrative, and just a pinch of novelty on account of its age left me glad to have watched it.
Great movie, beautifully shot with a fun and fitting sound track. Love and beauty in the tropics, with waterfall frolics, pearls, sharks and flowers galore. With the fearsome tabu running underneath the whole time.....What's gonna happen? More paradise? Or peril..... Watch and see!
Murnau has such a command over his images, be it for a complicated story or a simple story, he knows exactly what to do at each moment to give his films the appropriate richness (Sunrise is another example, and Faust, well, that transcends critique being so perfectly detailed..). Murnau is someone I want to dedicate my film life to studying, he will most assuredly point me in the correct direction as I grow.
Incredible. Thank you, MUBI, for bringing us a film I didn't even know existed. The plot is a magnificent conflict between community-oriented living with its lack of emphasis on individual wants, and "modern" free market society with its emphasis on individual achievement. Beautiful cinematography. A great lesson in how much dialogue is superfluous. Running barefoot on those volcanic rock beaches takes tough soles!