Mod-White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) Non-Returnable

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Studio Warner Dist.
SKU 220220227
UPC 883316228111
UPC 14 00883316228111
Format DVD
Release Date 7/20/2011
Editors Note
Note Filmed on location in Tahiti, WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS was originally intended as a project for famed documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty, whose NANOOK OF THE NORTH had cleaned up at the boxoffice. At first given complete artistic control, Flaherty began faltering in terms of keeping cast and crew organized; even worse, he moved too slowly to suit his parent studio MGM. More and more directorial authority was relegated to Flaherty's assistant, the phenominally fast W. S. "Woody" Van Dyke. Frustrated, Flaherty resigned (some reports claim that he fell ill and was taken off the project), and the film became solely the responsibility of Van Dyke. Despite the wails from the pro-Flaherty camp about "compromise" and "bastardization", the finished WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS is a superlative work. Loosely based on a 1919 book by Frederick O'Brien, the film charts the denigration of the South Sea islands and its denizens thanks to the intervention of white civilization. Monte Blue plays a alcoholic doctor who is disgusted by the negative effects of European colonization. He sails away to an island still untouched by "white shadows", where he falls in love with native girl Raquel Torres. Enchanted by the idyllic lifestyle of the islanders, Blue reacts with horror when he sees a group of white men sailing into view, bringing their usual seductive trinkets of alcohol and cigarettes. Attempting to quell the invasion, Blue is killed. As her island falls victim to civilization, Raquel mourns over her lover's grave. Gorgeously photographed, WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS is a masterful blend of drama and documentary. Most surviving prints do not include the clumsily constructed talkie sequences, wherein Monte Blue teaches Raquel Torres how to whistle (this scene works far better when conveyed silently).
Robert Anderson
Monte Blue
Raquel Torres
Cast & Crew
Robert Anderson - Star
Monte Blue - Star
Raquel Torres - Star
Renee Bush - Co-Star
William Axt - Song Composer
Clyde De Vinna - Director of Photography
Bob Roberts - Director of Photography
Jack Cunningham - Screenwriter
Ray Doyle - Screenwriter
David Mendoza - Song Composer
Frederick O'Brien - Source Writer
W.S. Van Dyke - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00883316228111
Number of Discs 1
Tech Specs
This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives. What is MOD media? MOD means manufatured on demand. The disc is created after the customer orders and comes on a DVD-R. DVD-Rs look like the discs you're used to and offer the same audio and image quality. This recordable media is used to manufacture titles on demand, as fully authorized by the content provider. Each disc comes fully packaged, with artwork, in a standard Amaray case for DVD, although for reissued products the artwork may differ from the original. By eliminating inventory, waste, and inefficiencies in the distribution system, on-demand manufacturing provides the added benefit of helping preserve the environment.
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