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Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) & Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935)

November 22, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.” 

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
Directed by F.W. Murnau

A unique collaboration of F. W. Murnau and documentarian Robert Flaherty resulted in this simple story about the love of a Tahitian fisherman for a young woman whose body has been consecrated to the gods, rendering her tabu for mortal men. The filmmakers had their differences, and Flaherty sold his interest in the film. Finished by Murnau, the film is a luminous and lyrical masterpiece.

Production: Golden Bough, Inc. Distribution: Paramount Publix Corp. Director: F. W. Murnau. Cinematographer: Floyd Crosby. Editor: Arthur Brooks. Composer: Hugo Riesenfeld. With: Matahi, Reri, Hitu, Jean, Jules.

35mm, b/w, 81 min.

Followed by:
Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935)

This narrativized travelogue set in Bali is one of the last films produced in two-color Technicolor. A young girl serves as a sacred dancer at her village temple, falls in love with a young musician there, and faces a rival in her own sister. Much of the dramatic action is sublimated through performance of ritual dances forming a fascinating fusion of fiction and documentary modes.

Production: Bennett Pictures Corp. Distribution: Paramount International Corporation. Director: Henri de la Falaise. Cinematographer: William H. Greene. Editor: Howard Schroeder.

35mm, color, 60 min.

Preceded by:
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 1, NO. 249

Featured stories include Singapore’s Taipusan festival honoring the god of prosperity, baby chicks hatching in Peoria, Illinois in anticipation of Easter, and U.S. machine gunners chopping down trees with a method all their own.

35mm, b/w, 8 min.

IN PERSON: Janet Bergstrom, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


November 22, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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