Moana (Flaherty, 1926)

Moana (Robert J. Flaherty, 1926)

To understand my biggest gripe with Moana, you have to be somewhat familiar with Flaherty’s other films. Two of his most famous (and best), Nanook of the North and Man of Aran, are documentary-esque fiction movies where Flaherty goes to remote locations around the world and observes people who are culturally different from him (and likely you and me). Moana is the same idea. The problem with this film, however, is lack of quality cinematography and editing. Visually, the film is dull, which really hurts this hour-long silent film. Without a great visual presentation, it’s hard for a movie with no sound to be interesting. The people of the film carry this to an extent, and enough to make it an alright one-time watch, but I can only watch static shots of people hunting and dancing for so long before my mind wanders.  6.25/10

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5 Responses to “Moana (Flaherty, 1926)”

  1. WiderLens Says:

    Do you know of anywhere where I can watch Moana online?

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Hmm, I can’t remember how I saw this, sorry. Seen all the other Flaherty’s? If so, you’ve seen this one. =)

  2. WiderLens Says:

    Haha alright, yeah I’ve only seen Nanook. Was trying to get a hold of Industrial Britain, too, but oh well…

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