Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age

Customs of Polynesian natives on a Samoan island, centered on the daily life and on the coming of age ceremony of the young man Moana. It reconstructs Polynesian culture before the coming of Western culture, though iron blades are used. Daily tasks like cooking, fishing, hunting and gathering are most of the picture.Mainly interesting for the material settings. Flaherty treats the Samoan life as almost that of a paradise – the only discomforts being wild boar and the pain of tattooing.

Flaherty’s follow-up to NANOOK OF THE NORTH is at once a realistic yet poetic look at life in the South Seas, focusing on a young Polynesian (Moana) and his family. Filmed over a two-year period on the island of Savai’i, in the Somoas. A classic, influential film (although not as highly regarded as his NANOOK or LOUISIANA STORY).

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85 minutes


16mm, B/W


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Robert Flaherty

Sometimes called “the father of the motion-picture documentary,” Robert Flaherty is one of the legendary figures in the history of film. He was the first to bring the motion-picture camera to some of the world’s inaccessible places, such as Arctic regions, to film the traditional fishing life of the Eskimos. Nanook of the North (1922), probably his most well known work, Flaherty treated the camera as a tool of “recording,” emphasizing on-location shooting with real scenes, real characters, and shooting-time equaling screen-time which influenced the later documentarists.
Louisiana Story (1948)、Elephant Boy (1937)、Tabu (1931)、Moana (1926)、Nanook of the North (1922)