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  1. T's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    '"Across the great waters i will come to you in your dreams when the moon spreads its path on the sea".

  2. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    An issue I've always had with silent films is their constant use of background music that inevitably starts to become exhausting. Unfortunately, Tabu is no exception as by the 40 minute mark I started falling asleep. Doesnt help that this doesnt feel like a Murnau film whatsoever as the shots had none of his trademark visual lyricism. I guess the exoticism of the location was supposed to make up for this absence.

  3. chris's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  4. thebaus's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Odnoklassniki. F. W. Murnau Foundation restauration.

  5. BB's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Marnau's most impressive film, an expressionistic marvel. Probably the greatest swansong in Cinema History; created by one of its pioneers.

  6. anaimiaktion's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Twice does Matahi break the tabu. The first time when he flees with his beloved one, Reri ("tabu"). He gains love. The second time when he pearl dives in forbidden ("tabu") shark-infested waters. He gains a means to pay his debts. Despite the ending, he always gains. Reri was haunted by the threat of the tabu, she could not adapt to a new way of living and thinking. Thus, to NOT break this tabu means death.

  7. Jason's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    A bit of a capital-E Event in the history of cinema on account of being (or at least beginning as) a collaboration between Murnau and documentary pioneer Robert Flaherty, TABU ended up as a notable precursor to the 'ethnofictions' of Jean Rouch, Murnau collaborating w/ his subjects, on both sides of the camera. Tropes and chronotopes from SUNRISE and CITY GIRL are recycled, the whole thing a whirligig astonishment.

  8. Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  9. Tornasol's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    La admirable inventiva del movimiento, que tiene como signo, evidentemente, el mar, pero en conjunción con los cuerpos de cada uno de los participantes de la comunidad: mujeres y hombres bailarines. Mujer-tabu que como en Mizoguchi responde una y otra vez a la opresión, fantasma de la tradición, en una ambivalencia entre el deseo y la protección del que desea. Terminamos, entonces, en el melodrama: mujer crucificada.

  10. Ethan's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    This is a beautiful and haunting film that further proves the mastery of F.W. Murnau, it's a shame it was his last but as far as last films go it's great.

  11. Diderot's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    French Polynesia has never been more German than in this flighty (and fluid) Romantic masterpiece directed by F.W. Murnau (story by Murnau and Flaherty). Fuck the gods for killing Murnau so soon.

  12. misu's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  13. Mariana Basílio's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  14. Jdsarmientoburgos's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Murnau sadly died from an automobile accident prior to the screening of his final film "Tabu". A tragic love story set in a 'primitive' civilization. Beautiful images but hurt by some predictable melodrama.

  15. Helob's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  16. FISCHER's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Passion et fatalité dans une oeuvre remarquable de sensualité exotique et d'inévitable destinée qui clôt une filmographie remarquable... www.cinefiches.com

  17. Khach Aloyan's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  18. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  19. Sergiu's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Whatever artistry it exhibits is mostly buried under all the faux-anthropological exoticization.

  20. Ciprian Ailenei's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

  21. Leigh Collins's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Spellbinding. Beautiful to watch, without any need for dialogue.

  22. Mar ~'s rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    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.

  23. Thomas's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    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.

  24. Michael King's rating of the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    Enjoyable film well paced with a fine score, ends wonderfully.