B&W : Seven reels / 6133 feet
Directed by Robert J. Flaherty
Cast: Ta’avale, Fa’amgase, Tu’ugaita, Moana, Pe’a
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Scenario by Robert J. Flaherty. Production manager, David Flaherty. Technical assistant, Lancelot H. Clark. Assistant director, Frances Flaherty. Cinematography by Robert J. Flaherty. Intertitles by Julian Johnson + [Robert J. Flaherty]. / © 24 February 1926 by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation [MP3348]. Premiered 7 January 1926 in New York, New York. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Flaherty arrived in Samoa in April 1923, remaining until December 1924. The film was to have been partially shot utilizing the Prizmacolor color process, but the Prizma camera malfunctioned on location. The film is thought to be the first feature film to utilize panchromatic filmstock throughout production.
Survival status: Print exists in the Museum of Modern Art film archive.
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Samoan Islands
Listing updated: 3 October 2014.
References: Bardèche-History pp. 297-298; Bohn-Light pp. xxiii, 372, 373; Everson-American p. 235; Kael-Kiss p. 357; Leish-Cinema pp. 52, 53; Limbacher-Feature p. 163; McIlroy-Ireland p. 27; Sinyard-Silent p. 124; Sklar-Movie p. 95 : ClasIm-221 p. 54 : Website-AFI; Website-NFPF : with additional information provided by Tom Mayer.
Home video: DVD.