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Moana (1926)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 January 1926 (USA)
Filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty presents a docufictional account of a family living in a Samoan village in the early 1920s.

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Frances H. Flaherty (screenplay), Frances H. Flaherty (title writer) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ta'avale Ta'avale ... Moana
Fa'amgase Fa'amgase ... Moana's Fiancé
Tama Tama ... Moana's Father
T'ugaita T'ugaita ... Moana's Mother
Pe'a Pe'a ... Moana's Younger Brother
Leupenga Leupenga ... Moana's Older Brother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emma Hudson Emma Hudson ... Extra
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Filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty presents a docufictional account of a family living in a Samoan village in the early 1920s.

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The love life of a South Seas siren!

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

7 January 1926 (USA) See more »

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Moana with Sound See more »

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Samoa

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Director Robert J. Flaherty took both a regular motion picture camera and a Prizma Color camera to Samoa, expecting to shoot some of the film in that color process. However, the color camera malfunctioned, forcing Flaherty to film using only panchromatic B&W film. See more »

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A typical Flaherty reconstruction of the past
11 September 2000 | by psteierSee all my reviews

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.


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