Hinemoa (1913)

Hinemoa was a Maori maiden of high rank and rare beauty, the daughter of a chief. She dwelt on the borders of Lake Rotorua in all the splendor of her father's camp. On the island of Mokoia,... See full summary »

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Gaston Méliès
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Credited cast:
Maata Horomona ... Hinemoa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miro Omahau Miro Omahau ... Tiki
Tamai Omahau Tamai Omahau ... Ngararanui
Hera Tawhai Hera Tawhai ... Hinemoa
Rua Tawhai Rua Tawhai ... Tutanekai
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Hinemoa was a Maori maiden of high rank and rare beauty, the daughter of a chief. She dwelt on the borders of Lake Rotorua in all the splendor of her father's camp. On the island of Mokoia, in the center of the lake, dwelt chief Whakaue. his three sons, and Tutanekai, son of the chief's wife by another father. Thus Tutanekai, bearing the ban of illegitimacy, was scorned by his stepbrothers, but treated as a son by the noble old chief. The three brothers sought the hand of Hinemoa in marriage, but she bestowed her love on Tutanekai, much to the brothers' dismay and to that of Hinemoa's parents, who forbade her to marry Tutanekai because of the blight in his birth. She refused to choose another, so a great running match was decided upon to determine who should win her. Tutanekai was the victor. In spite of which, Hinemoa's people still refused to permit them to marry. And to prevent any possibility of the lovers joining, Tutanekai was sent back to the island of Mokoia and all boats were... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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maori | lost film | new zealand | See All (3) »

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Short | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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G. Méliès See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It is beautiful and delightful
26 August 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A very pretty, poetic picture, giving a primitive love story in a natural and quite convincing way. There is nothing theatrical about it at all. It was taken in New Zealand, and partly on the island of Mokoia, and for the most part the players are genuine Maori people. One will find in these folklore stories a quality something like stories in Homer. A Maori girl loves a warrior and finds a way to make him win her, in spite of her father. It is beautiful and delightful and we can find nothing but good to say of it. - The Moving Picture World, April 12, 1913


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