Tabu, a Story of the South Seas [1931]

12Feb12 – 10 – Tabu, a Story of the South Seas (F. W. Murnau: 1931)

TABU: A STORY OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1931), a silent with no intertitles, was directed by F. W. Murnau on location in Tahiti with a nonprofessional cast made up of locals. The versions I’ve seen including the one on the ‘tubes have been chopped up so that a few key events important to the plot are missing (they’re apparently restored in what by all accounts is a stupendous Masters of Cinema series release in the UK), but it doesn’t matter to me. This is a glorious film, easily in my top 50 if not higher, and not just because it’s a Bruce Weber photo shoot come to life. 10/10. [2/12/12]

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