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Compare ''Film/WhiteShadowsInTheSouthSeas'', a film shot three years before this one in the same place, dealing with many of the same themes. Compare ''Film/{{Tanna}}'', made 84 years after ''Tabu'' and set in Melanesia instead of Polynesia, but also dealing with young islanders in a StarCrossedRomance who defy the will of their chief.

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Compare ''Film/WhiteShadowsInTheSouthSeas'', a film shot three years before this one in the same place, dealing with many of the same themes. Compare ''Film/{{Tanna}}'', made 84 years after ''Tabu'' and set in Melanesia instead of Polynesia, but also dealing with young islanders in a StarCrossedRomance islanders, StarCrossedLovers, who defy the will of their chief.


Compare ''Film/WhiteShadowsInTheSouthSeas'', a film shot three years before this one in the same place, dealing with many of the same themes.

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Compare ''Film/WhiteShadowsInTheSouthSeas'', a film shot three years before this one in the same place, dealing with many of the same themes.
themes. Compare ''Film/{{Tanna}}'', made 84 years after ''Tabu'' and set in Melanesia instead of Polynesia, but also dealing with young islanders in a StarCrossedRomance who defy the will of their chief.



* BrownFace: '''[[{{Aversion}} Nope!]]''' The cast and most of the crew really were Tahitians in a film about Polynesians. [[labelnote:note]]Which is kinda like casting a native Frenchman in a film about Western Europeans, but still.[[/labelnote]]

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* BrownFace: '''[[{{Aversion}} Nope!]]''' The cast and most of the crew really were Tahitians in a film about Polynesians. [[labelnote:note]]Which is kinda like casting a native Frenchman in a film about Western Europeans, but still.[[/labelnote]]


''Tabu'' (1931) is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.

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''Tabu'' ''Tabu: A Story of the South Seas'' (1931) is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]].Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific.

Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.

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Compare ''Film/WhiteShadowsInTheSouthSeas'', a film shot three years before this one in the same place, dealing with many of the same themes.


''Tabu'' (1931)è is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.

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''Tabu'' (1931)è (1931) is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.


''Tabu'' (1931) is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.

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''Tabu'' (1931) (1931)è is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.


* BrownFace: '''[[{{Aversion}} Nope!]]''' The cast and most of the crew really were Tahitians in a film about Polynesians. [[labelnote:note]]Which is like casting native French in a film about Western Europeans.[[/labelnote]]

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* BrownFace: '''[[{{Aversion}} Nope!]]''' The cast and most of the crew really were Tahitians in a film about Polynesians. [[labelnote:note]]Which is kinda like casting a native French Frenchman in a film about Western Europeans.Europeans, but still.[[/labelnote]]


''Film/{{Tabu}}'' (1931) is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.

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''Film/{{Tabu}}'' ''Tabu'' (1931) is the last film directed by [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.


''Tabu'' was a silent film. The rest of the American motion picture industry had abandoned silent films completely by 1929, but Murnau, who had nothing but contempt for talkies, set sail for Tahiti, and paid for the film himself. He used Tahitian natives for both his cast and his crew, except for cinematographer Floyd Crosby, who won an AcademyAward for his work.

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''Tabu'' was a silent film. The rest of the American motion picture industry had abandoned silent films completely by 1929, but Murnau, who had nothing but contempt for talkies, set sail for Tahiti, and paid for the film himself. He used Tahitian natives for both his cast and his crew, except for cinematographer Floyd Crosby, who won an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his work.

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* CapitalismIsBad: Matahi is ruthlessly exploited by the French islanders, forced to work long hours for little pay.


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* NobleSavage: Deliberately averted by Murnau. The Tahiti islanders have a society with a rigid caste system, poor role for women and rigid conformity. It's no more or less noble than the "civilization" of the French colony.


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* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Murnau TakesAThirdOption. The islanders aren't NobleSavage, they are exploitative of its own people, and force citizens into conformity. The french islanders are ruthless capitalists and racists.

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* BrownFace: '''[[{{Aversion}} Nope!]]''' The cast and most of the crew really were Tahitians in a film about Polynesians. [[labelnote:note]]Which is like casting native French in a film about Western Europeans.[[/labelnote]]

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* DownerEnding: After Hitu tracks them down and says he will kill Matahi in three days if she doesn't come back, she gives up, and agrees to return. Matahi, finding her DearJohnLetter, dives into the water and tries to overtake Hitu's boat by swimming. He tires in the water and drowns.

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* DownerEnding: After Hitu tracks them down and says he will kill Matahi in three days if she doesn't come back, she Reri gives up, and agrees to return. Matahi, finding her DearJohnLetter, dives into the water and tries to overtake Hitu's boat by swimming. He tires in the water and drowns.


* LockedAwayInANunnery: Well, there isn't a nunnery. But effectively this Reri's fate, to be taken away and doomed to be the eternal virgin for life, a symbol of purity and virtue, never able to fall in love, get married, or have children.

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* LockedAwayInANunnery: Well, there isn't a nunnery.LockedAwayInAMonastery: Sort of. But effectively this Reri's fate, to be taken away and doomed to be the eternal virgin for life, a symbol of purity and virtue, never able to fall in love, get married, or have children.


''Film/{{Tabu}}'' (1931) is the last film directed by Creator/FWMurnau. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.

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''Film/{{Tabu}}'' (1931) is the last film directed by Creator/FWMurnau.[[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F.W. Murnau]]. It is a tragic love story set in the south Pacific. Reri and Matahi are young lovers enjoying life on the island of Bora Bora. Their happiness is interrupted when a messenger named Hitu, dispatched by the "lord of all the islands", arrives. Hitu brings a message from the king that the sacred virgin woman of the island of Fanuma has died, and that Reri has been selected to take her place, Reri being a virgin of noble blood. This is not good news: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire", on pain of death.

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