Tabu a story of the South Seas

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Murnau, F. W. 1888-1931, film director,
Flaherty, Robert Joseph, 1884-1951, screenwriter.
Matahi, actor.
Reri, Miss, actor.
Jean, actor.
New York, NY : Kino Classics, [2015].
Restored version.
Physical Desc
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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New York, NY : Kino Classics, [2015].
Restored version.


General Note
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1931.
General Note
Aspect ratio, 1.19:1 full screen.
General Note
National Film Registry selection, 1994.
General Note
Special features: The language of shadows: Tabu, a 15-minute documentary by Luciano Berriatúa on the making and restoration of the film ; takes & outtakes ; raw camera footage with narration ; "Hunt in the South Seas," a 1940 ethnographic short compiled from unused footage of Tabu.
Creation/Production Credits
Photography, Floyd Crosby ; musical setting, Hugo Riesenfeld
Matahi (the boy), Reri (the girl), Jean (the policeman), Hitu (the old warrior).
Filmed in Tahiti and Bora-Bora in 1928-29, Tabu is the story of the consecration of a maiden to the gods, who is, as a result, forbidden to all men. Unfortunately, she and a young fisherman fall in love and must flee their homeland.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details
DVD; NTSC; region 1; fullscreen (1.19:1) presentation ; mono 2.0.
Silent film with added musical soundtrack.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Murnau, F. W. 1., Flaherty, R. J., Matahi., Reri, M., Jean., Hitu., Crosby, F., Riesenfeld, H., & Berriatúa, L. (2015). Tabu: a story of the South Seas (Restored version.). Kino Classics.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

F. W. 1888-1931, Murnau et al.. 2015. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas. Kino Classics.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

F. W. 1888-1931, Murnau et al.. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas Kino Classics, 2015.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Murnau, F. W. 1888-1931,, et al. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas Restored version., Kino Classics, 2015.

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