Tabu (1931)

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1931-08-01
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 143 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 26min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: Murnau-Flaherty Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: F. W. Murnau
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The youngsters Matahi and Reri are in love with each other. The old warrior Hitu announces that Reri is to be the new chosen virgin for the gods. This means she must stay untouched, otherwise she and her lover will be killed. But Matahi abducts and escapes with her to an island ruled by the white man, where their gods would be harmless and powerless.

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  • Matahi

    as The Boy
  • Anne Chevalier

    as The Girl (as Reri)
  • Bill Bambridge

    as The Policeman (as Jean)
  • Hitu

    as The Old Warrior
  • Jules

    as The Captain (uncredited)
Writing Edgar G. Ulmer Screenplay
Production Edgar G. Ulmer Production Manager
Editing Edgar G. Ulmer Supervising Editor
Camera Floyd Crosby Director of Photography
Camera Floyd Crosby Camera Operator
Writing F. W. Murnau Screenplay
Directing F. W. Murnau Director
Production F. W. Murnau Producer
Sound Hugo Riesenfeld Original Music Composer
Writing Robert Flaherty Screenplay
Production Robert Flaherty Producer
Directing David Flaherty Assistant Director
Production David Flaherty Associate Producer
Editing Arthur A. Brooks Editor
Directing Bill Bambridge Assistant Director
Editing Martha Dresback Negative Cutter