Robert Flaherty’s Moana With Sound
Co-presented with Rice Cinema and Flaherty Film Seminar
Saturday, March 19, 7PM
Location: Rice Media Center, 6100 Main Street, Rice University
Newly restored, Moana With Sound was originally touted as “The Love Life of a South Seas Siren!,” with accompanying bare bosom artwork, documentary pioneer Flaherty’s second feature after Nanook of the North is actually a serene look at the lives of the lovely and gentle Samoans, made entirely on location in the island paradise of Savai’i. In 1923, Flaherty journeyed with his wife Frances and their children to the South Seas island to film the exotic lifestyles of the Samoan people, resurrecting their recently vanished customs and capturing them before modernization permanently altered their way of life. Over fifty years later, Flaherty’s daughter Monica returned to the island with verité legend Ricky Leacock, recording authentic location sound, dialogue and folks songs to complement her father’s exquisite images.
Presented on DCP. Restored by Bruce Posner.