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TABU [TURIA] (1931) / THREE VARIANT SCRIPTS
MGM 1931 - Three (3) vintage original variant scripts (outline, synopsis, and treatment) for the 1931 film. The original 15-page "story" (outline), offered with the original 31-page "synopsis" and the original 40-page "story" (treatment). All scripts are original vintage mimeographs. The outline and synopsis are both file copies done for the MGM Script Department, is stated on the front wrapper as having been run off January 19, 1934 and January 31, 1934 (at a time when MGM was considering doing a remake of the film as a talking film, which would have starred Johnny Weismuller and Lupe Velez -- a project which did not happen.) The treatment, which is undated, is almost certainly from 1929, as Murnau and Flaherty were working together to evolve the script. Tabu is regarded today as the first example of "docufiction," thus one of the earliest films of its kind. The fourth and final film made by Murnau during his time in the US. Murnau was fascinated in his work with archetypes, and this film -- with its story of lovers who have defied tribal mores -- certainly fit with his other, earlier works. Tabu is split into two chapters: the first called "Paradise," depicting the lives of two lovers on a South Seas island until they are forced to escape the island when the girl is chosen as a holy maid to the gods; the second chapter, "Paradise Lost", depicts the couple's life on a colonized island and how they adapt to and are exploited by Westerners. The troubled production was originally conceived as a co-directed effort, but, because Murnau found he had difficulty working in tandem with another creative presence, with the exception of the opening scene, the film was directed solely by Murnau. Murnau died in a hospital after an automobile accident on March 11, 1931, a week before the premiere of Tabu in New York. Tabu is now considered one of the last, and one of the greatest, of all silent films. It is fascinating to be able to study how Murnau and Flaherty developed their ideas for this legendary film. - Outline: Pale blue studio wrappers, rubber-stamped production No. 1575, dated January 19, 1934, with credits for screenwriters Murnau and Flaherty. 15 leaves, mimeograph. Pages VERY GOOD+, wrapper VERY GOOD+ bound with two gold brads. - Synopsis: Blue studio wrappers, noted as "Synopsis" on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped productin No. 3303, dated Jan. 31, 1934. 30 leaves, with last leaft of text numbered 31. Mimeograph. Pages and wrapper NEAR FINE, bound with two gold brads. - Treatment: Blue wrappers, noted as "Treatment" on the front wrapper, with credits for story writers Murnau and Flaherty. 39 leaves (with one combined page, so numbered pages culminate in page 40), mimeograph. Collation: 1-24, "25-26", 27-40. Pages and wrapper NEAR FINE, wrapper with evidence of a brief erasure just below, "TREATMENT BY," bound with two gold brads.
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