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on October 30, 2002
Among the more beautiful places on our small planet, the South Pacific has long been deemed a living paradise and a favorite destination of lovers and adventurers since the beginning of human history. It has also generated and inspired musicians, artists, writers and filmmakers.
Filmed in 1929 entirely on location on the magical island of Bora Bora, "TABU" is a collaboration between legendary directors F.W. Murnau ("Nosferatu," "Faust" and "Sunrise") and the great drama-based documentarian Robert Flaherty ("Nanook of the North"). Like Romeo and Juliet, young fisherman Matahi and beautiful Reri are two island lovers damned by a tribal mandate declaring the girl off-limits or "tabu" to all eligible males. The young couple run away, but discover that so-called civilization (remember, it's 1929 Tahiti) is not to be their salvation.
This beautiful film literally glows. The drama of destiny and fate is played out by half-naked young bodies that move through the silver light that radiates, reflects and refracts everywhere. It vibrates in the dappled shadows of tropical foliage and dances on the sparkling lagoons, pristine waterfalls and unpolluted beaches.
"Tabu" deservedly won a 1931 Oscar© for Best Cinematography. Sadly, Murnau died in a freak auto accident in the El Cajon pass a week before the New York premier.
This digital edition, thanks to UCLA restoration, is the first time since its original release that "Tabu" has been available in a complete and uncensored print. Significant extras include a surprisingly intriguing audio commentary by UCLA Film Professor Janet Bergestrom, a still gallery, outtake footage, original theatrical trailer and the short film "Reri in New York." Highly recommended.
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on September 25, 2002
Image Entertainment has just released the new,uncensored DVD of 1931's "Tabu", the final effort from the complex, multi-layered genius, F.W. Murnau. Filmed entirely in Bora, Bora, a shimmering beach paradise near Tahiti, "Tabu" is a tropical "Romeo and Juliet", Murnau's dark tone poem to doomed love. "Tabu" completes the Murnau canon("Nosferatu", "Faust" and the highly regarded "Sunrise"). While filming "Tabu" in distant Tahiti in 1929, Murnau could not have known that silent films were over. He could not have known that his life and career would soon sadly end. Just 7 days before the New York premiere, his car lost control on the El Cajon grade north of Santa Barbara. Murnau's cinema spoke of tragedy and fate. He could not have known that as Art imitates Life, sometimes Life imitates Art..
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