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A Ballad of the South Seas (1913)

This photoplay was produced in Tahiti, one of the South Sea Islands, and is the reconstruction of an ancient ballad sung by the "Kanakas," natives of the island, since the year 1650. Of all... See full summary »

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This photoplay was produced in Tahiti, one of the South Sea Islands, and is the reconstruction of an ancient ballad sung by the "Kanakas," natives of the island, since the year 1650. Of all the great chiefs of Tahiti in the year 1650, Tavi was the most generous, and, therefore, the most powerful. Sharing his high position was his consort, the beautiful Taurua, whom Tavi cherished and honored more than was the custom. So that when the neighboring chief Tuiterai dispatches envoys of peace imploring the loan of his wife for seven days, Tavi must needs comply, though it break his heart, for Tavi was generous. The seven days up, Taurua is not returned and Tavi declares war. It is a long, fierce barbaric struggle. Taurua is regained and Tuiterai taken prisoner to the camp of Tavi, for none but a chief can kill a chief. But "Why?" says Tavi, "did you bring him here. My home now makes him a sacred guest." Alas for Tavi. He cannot punish Tuiterai, and to cap the climax, Taurua has fallen in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 January 1913 (USA)  »

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