Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

feature film, USA, 1931

DIRECTED BY: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

Matahi (mladić),
Anne Chevalier (djevojka),
Bill Bambridge (policajac),
Hitu (stariji ratnik)

F.W. Murnau,
Robert J. Flaherty,
Edgar G. Ulmer

Floyd Crosby

Arthur A. Brooks

On an island in the Bora Bora lagoon, a young fisherman is in love with a girl. But the girl is chosen by her tribe to be sacrificed to their God. So, she becomes a taboo for all men – she is not allowed to marry and have a life like other girls on the island. The tribal holy man takes the girl into the forest, and the fisherman jumps into the ocean and swims after them…The film Taboo is almost a documentary account of life on an island in Polynesia. Its purpose was to encourage the audience, with its fictitious story, to stand up against such a way of life. It was shot on Tahiti, and it is interesting that it is a silent movie even though sound film already became common at that time. Taboo is the last film by the great F.W. Murnau, who died in a car accident right before its premiere.

b/w, 86'