Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This French documentary chronicles the last few months in the life of seminal filmmaker F.W. Murnau (known for such silent films as Nosferatu). Carefully researched by scholar Bernard Eisenschitz, the film features considerable archival footage and original comments from the great director. The story begins as Murnau and American director Robert Flaherty embark upon a voyage to Bora Bora where they hope to escape into a more idyllic world. Unfortunately, while there, Murnau broke several island taboos while making his docudrama Tabu, a work Murnau said was about the way men feel compelled to create tragedies when life goes too smoothly. Just before the film premiered in 1931, Murnau was killed in an automobile accident.