2008, Fri, Jul 25

Tabu, Story of the South Seas

D: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Tabu, a Story of the South Seas | © Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung

Tabu, a Story of the South Seas | © Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung

USA 1931, b/w, 84 min, silent film with music track and English

Murnau made this famous melodramatic silent-film melodrama in the early 1930s at original sites in the South Sea region: a young woman, dedicated to the gods, and therefore untouchable, does not want to relinquish her heart’s desire. She flees with her loved-one, breaks the taboo…

After the preview and before the film’s premiere, F.W. Murnau died in Sta. Barbara after being involved in a car crash. The speculation began: Was it because they broke a taboo?