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Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
The youngsters Matahi and Reri are in love with each other. The old warrior Hitu announces that Reri is to be the new chosen virgin for the gods. This means she must stay untouched, otherwise she and her lover will be killed. But Matahi abducts and escapes with her to an island ruled by the white man, where their gods would be harmless and powerless. Tabu is the last film from director F.W. Murnau; he died before the film’s premiere in a car accident.
How the hell do you go from an ethnographic documentary showing an island paradise, men and women wooing each other, joyous prolonged tribalistic dancing, and men rowing boats with the tunes of Smetana to such a menacing and deranged tale of pure misery and paranoia? Murnau’s latter films in his life seem to deal strongly with societal and cultural friction. Even though Robert J. Flaherty (of Nanook of the North fame) tried to initiate the film as a likeminded documentary capturing an indigenous people, Murnau's intense passion and cynicism breaks through at full-force.
It must be noted that the film's photographic beauty is a treat to feast on, especially with the palm tree canopies casting such gorgeous spectacles of light…
TABU's story is as melodramatic and simple as it is tragic and beautiful. An island couple lives in, as the title card denotes it, paradise. They play in waterfalls and hide from each other beneath gigantic leaves. The Man, Matahi, is the island's greatest hunter; the woman, Reri, its greatest beauty. One day a ship comes bestowing a great honor upon the island, Reri has been chosen as the new sacred maiden of the gods. To love her is Tabu. As she is sailing towards her new fate, Matahi kidnaps her and they flee to a colonized island rich in pearls. Matahi becomes a great and respected pearl diver, but the broken tabu continues to haunt them.
TABU began as…
From the very get-go, one is under the impression that Murnau tries to weave an artificial story far too much into his movie "TABU" to have the remotest semblance of reality. Definitely more focus on the "drama" in "docudrama". Today, this would hardly qualify as "documentary" status; looking at this movie, it reminds one of its modern equivalent Beasts and the Southern Wild. In that picture, director Benh Zeitlin casts real people in the fictional narrative; he's not adding any claims that the events and people presented are real, but it does have dazzling flashes of authenticity when necessary.
That would be the same way I'd describe Tabu. Even though the story is fictional, once you start digging between the…
Two colliding worlds. Two lovers caught in between. Escapism. Celebration. Paranoia. Sacrifice. Greed.
No matter how much you comment on Murnau's superb photography (the recurring shot of the moon framed by the palm trees!, the waves! the looming boat approaching shore!) or his technique, as great as anyone at this time, it's the story that elevates this to a whole other level, putting it in the top tier of silent cinema. The rest, while obviously not to be disregarded, is bonus, and thrust's the film even further into greatness. But It's the story I love most, the complexity that spawns from its simplicity "Paradise"-- "Paradise Lost."
Tabu is the story of two doomed lovers caught in a conflict between fate and freewill. The film follows Reri, a woman chosen by the gods to be their maiden, and Mahiti, her lover. Upon being chosen, Reri becomes "tabu," a property of the gods that no man is allowed to have. In spite of this warning, Mahiti and Reri escape together and attempt to form a life together where they can be free.
From a thematic standpoint, the film has many ties to Romeo and Juliet. The central conflict in the film becomes a question of whether one's freewill and desire can trump the hands of fate. Yet, much like in Romeo and Juliet, fate proves to be an…
another Milestone in visual story telling.my fourth murnau film and they all have exceptional cinematographies for their time.tabu is mostly shot outdoors unlike other silent calssics and casts non professional
actors gives the film a very lively feel.one of the greatest works of art ever
Moonlight, paranoia and tragedy. Murnau's most heartbreaking film.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) - 7,5
Last work from Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. Just like Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, this is a love archetype promoting a universal message. The story unravels within the seed of a tribal community inhabiting Bora Bora, a remote island in French Polinesia. Matahi and Reri ride against forces of higher order within the tribe to preserve their love bond. The resistance is stretched to the limits of what is humanly possible hereby sentencing their tale to a tragic fate. This movie is so engaging that it's easy forget that one is seeing a docufiction. As is hallmark of this genre, it's not possible to separate reality from fiction in what…
In one island of Bora Bora lagoon, a young fisherman, Matahi, is in love with Reri. But she is chosen to be the holy maid and therefore becomes "tabu". They ran away from that tradition. Will they be happier and luckier in the more "civilized" society? - IMDB
Quite a decent silent era film that's probably the great-grandfather of the action adventure. For without this film, would we even have the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? Probably not. It's got that.
Like I've said before with some of the other silent films, I can't get into era 100%, as I need all my senses touched for the most part. However, it's those like this that I'd prefer to sit through.
In summation, if I were to suggest any silent films to anyone, this would be on the list.
It reeks of that imperial gaze that runs through any Flaherty film I've seen. Nothing leaves a bad taste in your mouth quite like the term 'ethnographic film', but as a love story and a melodrama, it's as lovely and pure as any of Murnau's other US films.
Silent docu-drama about the love of a Tahitian girl and boy and their struggle to stay together when a tabu is placed on the girl. This is beautiful to watch, the young actors are charming and natural, and the music is fun.
A man falls in love with a woman deemed "tabu" by her tribal elders meaning she is to not have sexual desires by order of the gods. The film is really two separate entities crafted expertly together by F. W. Murnau. The first half is as big a tropical getaway as any of us are going to have. There's brilliant editing by Arthur A. Brooks, gorgeous cinematography by Floyd Crosby, and excellent direction by Murnau. The naturalistic performances by the islanders really aid the film along too - it's a much better touch than having Hollywood actors do yellowface routines. The story is tragic and avoids any in-your-face politics with the introduction of the French settlers. A really gorgeous film to behold. Murnau's swan song is as fair a trumpet we'll hear as any.
White saviour bullshit
I zoned out after the first 14 hours.
watched films that start with the letter t.
This is sadly F.W. Murnau's final film since he died from an automobile accident a week before it premiered. It's a somewhat of a silent film focusing on a love story between two south sea islanders. Unfortunately the girl is the "Chosen One" and must be required to be celibate and having desires on her is "tabu". What follows is a beautiful but rather sad love story. The film is beautifully filmed and Murnau (along with Robert Flaherty who helped him direct it) gets very naturalistic performances from the largely non-Western/non-professional actors. The score is fantastic as well. Despite being of a very different milieu, Murnau still managed to make it feel like his film.
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