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Fiction And Movies Around The South Seas Paradise

By Jared Little

Through the years, Tahiti and Polynesia have given writers and film makers with colorful subject material. Early on travelers told of a lot of women on exotic shores, and Fletcher Christian added drama to the plot by leading a mutiny from the tyrannical Captain Bligh.

North American writers Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall brought out the Bounty Trilogy. This three-part novel deals with Christian’s mutiny about the Bounty, the escape of Bligh and his loyal crew members to Dutch Timor, and also the colonization of Pitcairn Island by Christian and his fellow mutineers.

The novel was an instant bestseller, and director Frank Lloyd soon managed to make it into a movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. In keeping with the mood of his time, the mutiny was presented as a simplistic struggle between good and evil, and the film won an Oscar for best Picture in 1935.

Next Marlon Brando travelled right down to Tahiti to star in a blockbuster remake of Mutiny on the Bounty. MGM’s 1962 production continues to be considered the most impressive motion picture ever produced within the South Pacific, in part because of the beautiful scenery of Tahiti and Bora Bora. Thousands of Tahitian extras appeared in the movie, and Brando married his first wife, Tarita Teriipaia.

During 84, another version of the Bounty was launched, with Sir Anthony Hopkins like a resolute Bligh and Mel Gibson being an ambiguous Christian. From the three Bounty films, this might be probably the most historically accurate, and it is certainly the one with the greatest psychological depth. It had been largely filmed in Moorea’s Opunohu Bay.

One more Nordhoff and Hall book, The Hurricane, was brought towards the silver screen twice. John Hall’s 1937 movie portrays a young couple fleeing a despotic governor. In 1978 Dino de Laurentiis reshot The Hurricane on Bora Bora, with Mia Farrow and Trevor Howard. The resort built to house de Laurentiis’ crew still exists as the Sofitel Marara.

Author W. Somerset Maugham also had close ties to the south Pacific. In 1943 Albert Lewin filmed The Moon and Sixpence, Maugham’s fictionalized account of Paul Gauguin’s life in Polynesia. The nonconformist artist’s incompatibility with French colonial life provided Maugham having a pretext look around the role from the artist in society. Another famous Maugham story, Rain, occur Samoa, has been manufactured right into a film several times.

Many other well-known authors who have popularized the legend of Tahiti include Herman Melville, Pierre Loti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Rupert Brooke, and James A. Michener. Their tales, plays, and movies have helped create the myth of a South Seas paradise. And even nowadays, Tahiti and Polynesia beckon to romantics wishing to live their share of the dream.

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