Tabu (1931)

Directed by F. W. Murnau

Year: 1931
Running Time: 86
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.19:1
Country: Germany
Language: Silent w/English Subtitles [audio]
Genres: Silent
Shop Home Video Educational Use

Tabu (1931)

Crew
Writers F. W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty
Directed by F. W. Murnau


Just as the film industry was converting to sound, two of the silent era's most visionary artists fled to the South Seas to collaborate on a work of pure visual beauty untainted by Hollywood's latest technical obsession. F.W. Murnau was a supreme stylist who had crafted dreamlike fables both in Germany (Faust) and the U.S. (Sunrise). Robert J. Flaherty was a groundbreaking documentarian whose Nanook of the North and Moana defined the ethnographic film movement. Over the course of nine months, they immersed themselves in Tahitian culture. Drawing inspiration from the topography and people of the surrounding islands, they (with Murnau at the helm) fashioned an emotionally rich story of the flowering romance between a young man and woman, as the shadow of civilization begins to fall upon their island paradise.

Initially released in the U.S. by Paramount in a shortened and censored form, this restoration (produced by Luciano Berriatúa for the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung) represents Murnau's approved version, and is presented in the historically correct 1.19:1 aspect ratio."

Reviews

"A masterpiece...Tabu is a symphony of sun, moon, sand and waves" - Michael Sragow, The New Yorker



Awards

  • Alfred Bauer Award Berlinale
    Official Selection New York Film Festival

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 25 2022 at 3:00pm
"A compelling portrait of the Eastern European community that exists in Brighton." -' @ThePlaylistNews' BRIGHTON 4T…' https://t.co/on4AsrNOuM'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 25 2022 at 1:58pm
RT' @brokehorrorfan': Murphy’s Law starring Charles Bronson hits Blu-ray via' @KinoLorber':' https://t.co/kGvG4BWwec' '80s neo-noir action from…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 25 2022 at 1:56pm
RT' @gablescinema': Bruno Dumont’s FRANCE “offers Léa Seydoux her most resplendent role to date.” (@LeMonde) Opens Friday 1/28 at Gables Cine…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 25 2022 at 12:00pm
R.I.P. to the Zen Buddhist master who has inspired many, Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022). We're grateful to have shared…' https://t.co/6BK4lYXgYE'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 24 2022 at 3:00pm
Starring screen icons Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, GAMBIT (1966) is a delightful yet deadly game of internat…' https://t.co/p5H2VLVYNo'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 23 2022 at 2:00pm
Travel through Europe with THE MAN WITH THE ANSWERS 🚗, plus other road trip movies available to rent or own on…' https://t.co/sL1l7Gy56o'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 23 2022 at 12:59pm
RT' @SaulWilliams': “The Camera Movements Were Almost Choreographed to Amplify the Ensemble Feeling, the Dances and the Musicality of That Un…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 23 2022 at 11:02am
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming Soon on Blu-ray & DVD! Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World (1961) Starring Gordon Scott, Yôko Tani & Hélène…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 7:28pm
RT' @dawnofthediscs': **ARTWORK REVEAL*** Coming soon to Blu-ray from' @KinoLorber' The Werewolf of Washington (Director's Cut) (1971) This…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 7:27pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming Soon! The Last Train From Madrid (1937) Dorothy Lamour, Lew Ayres, Gilbert Roland, Anthony Quinn, Karen Morley…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com