Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: December 8, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Kino Classics

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User Ratings: 1,214
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A relatively minor Murnau film, lacking the director's usual visual flair, but Murnau's mastery of film as a visual language remains on display, along with Flaherty's clear love of its island location. Full Review
From the Front Row
Jun 5, 2019
Rating: A -- Brilliantly simple lyrical film was shot on location in Tahiti. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 19, 2013
Rating: 5/5 -- It is like a picture poem, with its sunshine and happiness in the beginning and its stormy drama in the end. Full Review
New York Times
Jan 28, 2006
The exquisite tragic ending -- conceived musically and rhythmically as a gradually decelerating diminuendo -- is one of the pinnacles of silent cinema. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: A- -- A brilliant film that deservedly won the Best Cinematography Oscar. Full Review
Aug 20, 2012
As with so many other great films, this one carries its own burden of real life sorrow. Full Review
Nov 3, 2002
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Magnificent, filled with shimmering, luminescent images that evoke both paradise and paradise lost. Full Review
TV Guide
Aug 29, 2006

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Just as the film industry was converting to sound, two of the silent era s most visionary artists fled to the South Seas to collaborate on a work of pure visual beauty untainted by Hollywood s latest technical obsession. F.W. Murnau was a supreme stylist who had crafted dreamlike fables both in Germany (Faust) and the U.S. (Sunrise). Robert J. Flaherty was a groundbreaking documentarian whose Nanook of the North and Moana defined the ethnographic film movement. Over the course of nine months, they immersed themselves in Tahitian culture. Drawing inspiration from the topography and people of the surrounding islands, they (with Murnau at the helm) fashioned an emotionally rich story of the flowering romance between a young man and woman, as the shadow of civilization begins to fall upon their island paradise.
Initially released in the U.S. by Paramount in a shortened and censored form, this restoration (produced by Luciano Berriatúa for the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung) represents Murnau s approved version, and is presented in the historically correct 1.15:1 aspect ratio.

Special Features: Digitally restored from archival 35mm elements, in the original 1.15:1 aspect ratio., The Language of Shadows: Tabu, a 15-minute documentary by Luciano Berriatúa on the making and restoration of the film, Tabu: Takes & Outtakes 26 minutes of previously unseen sequences, assembled by Enno Patalas from unused footage, courtesy of the Osterreichisches Filmmuseum Wien and Cineteca del Commune di Bologna, Tabu: A Work in Progress ( Tabu: Feature zur Werkgenese 15 minutes of raw camera footage, with narration, produced by the Deutsches Kinemathek, Hunt in the South Seas ( Treibjagd in der Südsee ), a 1940 ethnographic short compiled from unused footage of Tabu


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