Film Forum will premiere a new restoration of 1926’s “Moana with Sound,” filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty’s follow-up to his widely praised “Nanook of the North.” Made alongside his brilliant wife, Frances Hubbard Flaherty, the two journeyed with their children to the south seas in 1923 to capture the exotic lives of the unsung Samoan people.
Originally filmed without any sound (as it was nearly impossible in the early 1920’s), their daughter Monica Flaherty ventured back after nearly 50 years with vérité auteur Ricky Leacock to record location sound, dialogue and folk songs to accompany her parents’ moving portraiture of vanished customs destroyed by industrial modernization.
“Moana with Sound,” a Kino Lorber release, will play for one week only at Film Forum from November 13th-19th. Bruce Posner, who restored the film, will introduce the opening night screening (Friday, November 13) at 6 PM. For more info, click here.