Moana with Sound

MONICA FLAHERTY PRESENTS A SOUND VERSION
OF ROBERT J. FLAHERTY'S CLASSIC OF THE SOUTH SEAS

MOANA WITH SOUND

NEW RESTORATION

AT FILM FORUM, NOVEMBER 13-19
DAILY AT 6PM ONLY

A new restoration of MOANA WITH SOUND (1926/1980), directed by legendary documentary filmmakers Robert J. Flaherty and Frances Hubbard Flaherty in 1926, with synchronized sound recorded decades later by the filmmakers’ daughter Monica, will run atFilm Forum from Friday, November 13 through Thursday, November 19 (one week), screening once daily.

Originally touted as “The Love Life of a South Seas Siren!,” with accompanying bare bosom artwork, documentary pioneer Flaherty’s second feature after Nanook of the North is actually a serene look at the lives of the lovely and gentle Samoans, made entirely on location in the island paradise of Savai’i. In 1923, Flaherty journeyed with his wife Frances and their children to the South Seas island to film the exotic lifestyles of the Samoan people, resurrecting recently vanished customs before modernization permanently altered their way of life. 

Over fifty years later, Flaherty’s daughter Monica returned to the island with vérité legend Ricky Leacock, recording authentic location sound, dialogue and folk songs to complement her father’s exquisite images.

Bruce Posner, who restored Moana with Sound, will introduce the opening night screening (Friday, November 13) at 6 PM. Mr. Posner is available for interviews.

98 min | A Kino Lorber Release
Director: Robert J. Flaherty and Frances Hubbard Flaherty
(1926), Monica Flaherty (1980) | Sound Recording: Monica
Flaherty and Richard Leacock

Showtimes

DAILY (except SUN) 6:00

SUN 6:15

"Life on this island is pictured so captivatingly that one feels
like shouting with glee that it is not just another movie."

— Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times (original 1926 review)

"Your soundtrack is a masterpiece... as if it had been recorded with the picture and belonged there." — Virgil Thomson to Monica Flaherty in 1981

"The new soundtrack is astonishing...the best job of post-synchronization I have seen." — Kevin Brownlow

Repertory calendar programmed by Bruce Goldstein

For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.filmforum.org

Press Contact: Rachel Allen (212) 966-0730 or rachel@filmforum.org