Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

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Tabu: A Story of the South Seas ★★★½ 1931

Fascinating docudrama about a young pearl diver's ill-fated romance. The gods have declared the young woman he desires “taboo” to all men. Filmed on location in Tahiti. Authored and produced by Murnau and Flaherty. Flaherty left in mid-production due to artistic differences with Murnau, who was later killed in an auto accident one week before the premiere of film. 81m/B VHS, DVD. D: Robert Flaherty, F.W. Murnau; C: Floyd Crosby. Oscars ‘31: Cinematog., Natl. Film Reg. ‘94.