Moana with Sound

The imagery, in scenes that always unfold slowly, is truly startling, particularly given that the film is almost 90 years old.

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Moana with Sound

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In 1924, documentary film pioneers Robert and Frances Flaherty and family traveled to the Samoan island of Savaii to record the native life and make a film that would try to match the success of Nanook of the North. Restored in 2K with native sounds and traditional songs that Flaherty’s daughter recorded over a half-century after they shot it, Monica Flaherty's Moana with Sound is a beautiful docu-fiction and important piece of film history.
Genre
Documentary, Culture Vulture
Runtime
98
Language
English
Director
Robert Flaherty
Frances Flaherty Monica Flaherty
FEATURED REVIEW
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

The debate has always been whether or not Robert J. Flaherty's far-flung films are fiction: In his 1926 Samoan island-life epic Moana, just as in Nanook of the North, Flaherty pressed the native peoples he purported to document into archaic dress and practices, as fishing some long-gone way, the men ...

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