TABU (1931) Set of 6 photos


[Hollywood]: Paramount Pictures, [1931]. Set of six (6) vintage original 8 x 10″ (21 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos. One with a small marginal repair on verso, one with a couple of small chips, overall near fine.

Director Friedrich Murnau’s final film, and one of the ultimate classics of silent cinema. A docufiction, it is split into two chapters: the first, called “Paradise”, depicts the lives of two lovers on a South Seas island until they are forced to escape the island when the girl is chosen as a holy maid to the gods. The second chapter, “Paradise Lost”, depicts the couple’s life on a colonised island and how they adapt to and are exploited by Western civilisation.

Floyd Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work. In 1994, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. (Wikipedia)

Most of these photos focus on the two young lovers around whom the story revolves.

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