Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

82 minutes 2013

The last film of F.W. Murnau (1931, 82 min.), probably the greatest of all silent directors (he didn't live long enough to make sound films, dying in an auto accident only a few days after work on the synchronized musical score for this masterpiece was completed). Filmed entirely in the South Seas in 1929 with a nonprofessional cast and gorgeous cinematography by Floyd Crosby, this began as a collaboration with documentarist Robert Flaherty, who still shares credit for the story, though clearly the German romanticism of Murnau predominates, above all in the heroic poses of the islanders and the fateful diagonals in the compositions. The simple plot is an erotic love story involving a young woman who becomes sexually taboo when she is selected by an elder to replace a sacred maiden who has just died; an additional theme is the corrupting power of "civilization." The exquisite tragic ending—conceived musically and rhythmically as a gradually decelerating diminuendo—is one of the pinnacles of silent cinema.


See our full review:

That old Tabu

Miguel Gomes's Portuguese drama embraces the early sound cinema of F.W. Murnau. »

Show Times

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

Reviews

Current Rating
not yet rated

Add a review

Rating

Select a star to rate.