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Archive of material on F.W. Murnau’s yacht “Bali” used Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

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Archive of material on F.W. Murnau’s yacht “Bali” used Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
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Archive of material on F.W. Murnau’s yacht “Bali” used in the filming of his last film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas. (Paramount, 1931) In May of 1929, famed German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau set sail on board his newly purchased yacht, the Bali, and headed for the South Pacific Island of Tahiti, intent on revitalizing a career stagnating in Hollywood consumerism. Murnau had recently signed a contract with another Hollywood exile, Robert Flaherty, forming “Flaherty-Murnau Productions”, a union that was to specialize in “pictures with the South Sea Islands, or other islands of foreign locale, as a background”. Both men agreed their first project would be a South Sea tale that pitted island purity and romance against European corruption. Two years later, an artistic stand-off would end their friendship and working relationship, and Murnau would die in a car accident. This rare archive of material includes Murnau’s Certificate of Membership in the California Yacht Club bearing his rare signature in bright blue ink “F.W. Murnau”, two German Yacht Club identification booklets for the Bali dated May, 1929, typewritten letter on “Colorart Pictures, Inc.” letterhead stating that Murnau and Flaherty are to commence production of a South Sea picture on May 11, 1929 and estimated cost of production will be $142,727.50, signed by the secretary of Coloart Pictures, yacht Bali shipping manifest, and a July 2, 1931 agreement between Bank of America National Trust and Capt. Frank Jansen employing him to sail the recently deceased Murnau’s yacht from Tahiti to California as part of the estate liquidation. An incredible collection of material directly relating to Murnau’s last film, winner of Best Cinematography for 1931.