Tabu is deliberate and forced in its playfulness, cheaply melodramatic in its tragedy, and unconscionably long-winded.
The exquisite tragic ending -- conceived musically and rhythmically as a gradually decelerating diminuendo -- is one of the pinnacles of silent cinema.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Brilliantly simple lyrical film was shot on location in Tahiti.
| Original Score: A
| Original Score: 3/5
As with so many other great films, this one carries its own burden of real life sorrow.
| Original Score: 4/5
It is like a picture poem, with its sunshine and happiness in the beginning and its stormy drama in the end.
| Original Score: 5/5
A brilliant film that deservedly won the Best Cinematography Oscar.
| Original Score: A-
Magnificent, filled with shimmering, luminescent images that evoke both paradise and paradise lost.
| Original Score: 3.5/4