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Directed by: F.W. Murnau, Robert J. Flaherty 1931 | 82 min.

Section: The Pacific 'Other': A Retrospective


Sponsored by:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

In 1929 on the island of Bora Bora, a young island girl (Reri), who has been consecrated to the gods and is "TABU" for her to marry, falls in love with a handsome young pearl fisherman (Matahi). When Matahi then kidnaps Reri, the islanders fear the power of the TABU will fall upon them. If found unchaste, Reri will be sacrificed and Matahi and TABU will die. Near starvation, Matahi and Reri travel in a canoe through storms to the "land of the white man." Reri receives a letter from Tabu stating she has three days to return to him or Matahi will die...


Tuesday, October 15 3:45 PM Doris Duke Theatre Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director F.W. Murnau, Robert J. Flaherty
Screenwriter F.W. Murnau, Robert J. Flaherty
Cast Anne Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu, Kong Ah, Bill Bambridge, Jean, Jules
Cinematographer Floyd Crosby
Editor Arthur Brooks
Associate Producer David Flaherty

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