Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Moana.01 and .02: Some thoughts and memories.


Faangase, Star of The First Moana (1925)
                                      photo: John Shklov

MOANA .01



Faangase, Moana of The South Seas (1924)




Here is a photo of Faangase, the star of the original "Moana of the South Seas" as I found her at Laie Oahu when I interviewed and videotaped her in the early 70s.  After moving to Hawaii she had subsequently converted to the Mormon faith and was careful to avoid any reference to her bare-chested performance that did much to sexualize the concept of Polynesian womanhood broadly across western popular culture.  In her elderhood Faangase had an incredible presence and dignity in any case.

I also met with Flaherty's daughter around the same time and interviewed her as she went with her father to Samoa and had many fine stories to tell about the project.  Moana was filmed in Samoa in the villages of Safune district on the island of Savai'i. The name of the lead male character, moana means 'deep water' in the Samoan language. In making the film, Flaherty lived with his wife and collaborator Frances and their three daughters in Samoa for more than a year.  Flaherty arrived in Samoa in April 1923 and stayed until December 1924, with the film being completed in December 1925.

Moana was filmed in Samoa in the villages of Safune district on the island of Savai'i. The name of the lead male character, moana means 'deep water' in the Samoan language. In making the film, Flaherty lived with his wife and collaborator Frances and their three daughters in Samoa for more than a year. Flaherty arrived in Samoa in April 1923 and stayed until December 1924, with the film being completed in December 1925.


Here is a link to the wikipedia articlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moana_(1926_film)
Moana 2016




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