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Tabu - Wellington Film Society

Tabu - Wellington Film Society

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When:

  • Mon 28 May ’12, 6:15pm – 7:45pm

Where:

The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free to members. Public by Donation (notes) at the door: $0.00
  • 12-month membership: $95.00
  • 3-film membership: $33.00

F.W. Murnau | USA | 1931 | M

In 1929, F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Faust, Sunrise), one of the greatest of all film directors, invited leading documentarist Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North, Man of Aran) to collaborate on a film to be be shot on location in Tahiti, a Polynesian idyll in which Murnau imagined a cast of island actors would provide a new form of authentic drama and offer rare insight into their “primitive” culture. The result of their collaboration was Tabu, a film that depicts the details of indigenous island life to tell a mythical tale that is rich in the universal themes of desire and loss. Subtitled a “Story of the South Seas”, Tabu concerns a Tahitian fisherman (played by an islander, Matahi) and his love for a young woman (played by fellow islander Reri, who went on to star on Broadway) whose body has been consecrated to the gods, rendering her tabu as far as mortal men are concerned. The lovers flee their island and its restrictive traditions, but will their love prevail in the “civilised” world? This Oscar-winning film (the Academy Award went to cinematographer Floyd Crosby) is both poetic and simple in tone.” – Masters of Cinema

In cooperation with the Goethe Institut.

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