Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

F.W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty wrote and produced this moving, beautifully filmed tale of a Tahitian pearl fisherman and his doomed love for a woman who has been declared taboo to all men. Although filmed on location with a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 3, 2002
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91%
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User Score
79%


Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is like a picture poem, with its sunshine and happiness in the beginning and its stormy drama in the end.

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Alexander Bakshy
The Nation

Tabu is deliberate and forced in its playfulness, cheaply melodramatic in its tragedy, and unconscionably long-winded.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If D.W. Griffith created the language of film, he left it up to his successors to add their own personal esthetics. On the short list of the cinema's all time greatest artists belongs the name F.W. Murnau.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The exquisite tragic ending -- conceived musically and rhythmically as a gradually decelerating diminuendo -- is one of the pinnacles of silent cinema.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

A brilliant film that deservedly won the Best Cinematography Oscar.

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John G. Nettles
PopMatters

As with so many other great films, this one carries its own burden of real life sorrow.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brilliantly simple lyrical film was shot on location in Tahiti.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Magnificent, filled with shimmering, luminescent images that evoke both paradise and paradise lost.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
amazing cinematography, nice simple story
Eric Broome
The backstory of "Tabu" is more impressive than what appears on screen. Shot in Bora Bora with a cast of "South Sea Islanders and a few… More
Simeon Deutsch
Has a very fresh feel to it. Saw this at #271 on a "Top 1000 Movies Ever" list and thought it'd be worth a look. It's essentially a… More