Scen.: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Robert J. Flaherty; F.: Floyd Crosby, Robert J. Flaherty; Ass. R.: William Bambridge; Int.: Reri [Anna Chevalier] (la ragazza), Matahi (il ragazzo), Hitu (il vecchio capotribù), Jean (William Bambridge) (il poliziotto), Jules (il capitano), Kong Ah (il cinese); Prod.: Murnau-Flaherty-Production; 35mm. L.: 600 m. D.: 25’ a 22 f/s
In 1971 Munich producer Hubert Schonger ceded to the Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum over 10,000 meters of nitrate material from Tabu (8000 meters were original negative and about 1500 were positive prints), together with negative material that had been developed at George Bambridge’s laboratory in Papeete. The latter material was barely 9500 meters in length, 500 of which consisted of editing scraps and outtakes. A good 1000 meters of the material (negative and positive) contains footage by Robert Plumpe along with a series of image fragments with sound not attributable to Murnau. The Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum and the Cineteca di Bologna took on the responsability of preserving the nitrate negative materials from Vienna. L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna has produced “fine grain” positives on safety stock of about half of that material.
Enno Patalas, in “Cinegrafie”, n. 16, 2003