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Set of letters & photographs of F.W. Murnau & Robert Flaherty’s film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

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Set of letters & photographs of F.W. Murnau & Robert Flaherty’s film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
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Research archive of autograph letters and original photographs of F.W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty’s 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 over 30 original photographs (approx. 3 x 5 in.) of Robert Flaherty and friends on location in Tahiti and Bora Bora, several picturing Murnau, Murnau’s yacht Bali, Anne Chevalier who played “Reri” in the film, and Oscar Award-winning cinematographer of Tabu: A Story of the South Seas, Floyd Crosby, as well as two Robert Flaherty ALS on “Murnau-Flaherty” letterhead written to Peggy Pell regarding life during filming with original envelopes of transmittal. Robert Flaherty (1884-1951), is perhaps best remembered as the director of Nanook of the North (1922).