White Shadows in the South Seas Reviews

  • Jun 02, 2012

    While a well photographed anti-imperialist silent film collaboration between Robert J. Flaherty & W.S. Van Dyke starring Monte Blue sounds like something I can dig into, I found it far to trite and melodramatic for my taste.

    While a well photographed anti-imperialist silent film collaboration between Robert J. Flaherty & W.S. Van Dyke starring Monte Blue sounds like something I can dig into, I found it far to trite and melodramatic for my taste.

  • Mar 10, 2012

    Past the didactic beginning, the movie melds locations, documentary footage of the native islanders and their routines, and the shifting mood of the protagonist. It's a simple story, but it's well-told and follows through on its message all the way to the ending.

    Past the didactic beginning, the movie melds locations, documentary footage of the native islanders and their routines, and the shifting mood of the protagonist. It's a simple story, but it's well-told and follows through on its message all the way to the ending.

  • Mar 10, 2010

    Monte Blue plays a doctor to live on a Polynesian island. He is appalled at how the native pearl divers are used and exploited by a ruthless entrepeneur. They clash. Of course there is romance involved as well. Fascinating silent film, beautifully photographed and has a pleasant score.

    Monte Blue plays a doctor to live on a Polynesian island. He is appalled at how the native pearl divers are used and exploited by a ruthless entrepeneur. They clash. Of course there is romance involved as well. Fascinating silent film, beautifully photographed and has a pleasant score.

  • Apr 11, 2009

    Silent film from 1928 that won the second Oscar for Best Cinematography. It's not too bad, there is some nice photography throughout, and the story isn't too bad, it's about a group of white men that come to a tropical island and make the natives dive for pearls, which results in many of the natives getting injured and dying. One of the white men is against the use of the natives, so he's sent to die, but he manages to land on an island of new natives and they treat him as a god. Good moments and compared to some of the silent films from that time this one doesn't drag too much, or rather, it tends to keep your interest. But overall, it's just pretty good. Oh, and though my copy that I watched didn't have it, this is supposed to be the first movie that Leo, the MGM lion, roars.in.

    Silent film from 1928 that won the second Oscar for Best Cinematography. It's not too bad, there is some nice photography throughout, and the story isn't too bad, it's about a group of white men that come to a tropical island and make the natives dive for pearls, which results in many of the natives getting injured and dying. One of the white men is against the use of the natives, so he's sent to die, but he manages to land on an island of new natives and they treat him as a god. Good moments and compared to some of the silent films from that time this one doesn't drag too much, or rather, it tends to keep your interest. But overall, it's just pretty good. Oh, and though my copy that I watched didn't have it, this is supposed to be the first movie that Leo, the MGM lion, roars.in.

  • Mar 07, 2009

    this is an interesting film only for the visuals. there is some great early underwater shots and some great uses of filters. on the other hand, this is stuff that griffith was doing years earlier. and flaherty/murnau did similar stuff in tabu, whcih wasnt that great either

    this is an interesting film only for the visuals. there is some great early underwater shots and some great uses of filters. on the other hand, this is stuff that griffith was doing years earlier. and flaherty/murnau did similar stuff in tabu, whcih wasnt that great either

  • Mar 03, 2009

    Not only is the movie full of long sequences of with no story whatsoever, but it's one of the worst examples of reverse racism I've ever seen.

    Not only is the movie full of long sequences of with no story whatsoever, but it's one of the worst examples of reverse racism I've ever seen.