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  Anna Chevalier (center, left).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Tabu: A Story
of the South Seas

(1931) American
B&W : 81 minutes
Directed by F.W. Murnau + [Robert J. Flaherty]

Cast: Matahi [the boy], Reri (Anna Chevalier) [the girl], Jean (Bill Bambridge) [the policeman], Hitu [the old warrior]; Jules, Ah Kong

Murnau-Flaherty production; distributed by Paramount Publix Corporation. / Scenario by F.W. Murnau and R.J. Flaherty (Robert J. Flaherty). Assistant director, Bill Bambridge. Production assistant, David Flaherty. Cinematography by Floyd Crosby + [Robert J. Flaherty]. Edited by Arthur A. Brooks. Music by Hugo Riesenfeld. / © 1931 by Paramount Publix Corporation. / Photophone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format [?] and Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? RCA Photophone sound-on-film sound system. / Murnau’s final film was independently financed by Murnau, and created in collaboration with Robert J. Flaherty. The film was rereleased in the USA in 1948. [?] Website-IMDb credits Edgar G. Ulmer as a third scenario writer. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.

Drama: South Seas.

Survival status: Print exists in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive [35mm nitrate positive; derivitive 35mm preservation negative].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Debt - Diving - Fish - Flowers - Pearls - Sailboats - Sharks - Ships - South Seas - Swimmers - Swimming - Synchronized sound film - Taboos - Transportation: Boats - Water - Waves

Listing updated: 30 May 2017.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Bardèche-History p. 259; Bohn-Light p. 372; Everson-American pp. 326, 329; Gallagher-Ford pp. 52, 53, 60, 74, 83, 138, 147; Kael-Kiss pp. 356-357; Lloyd-Seventy p. 34; McCaffrey-Guide p. 12; Sinyard-Silent p. 161 : ClasIm-204 pp. 2-3 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc; DVD.

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