The Moon, the opposite of the sun, hovers over us by night, the opposite of day.
In F.W. Murnau
, the sacred maiden of the small island of Bora Bora
, writes this to her lover Matahi
And indeed, when Matahi
chases after her, the moon spreads its path on the sea.
He runs and swims after her, moving faster than a normal human being, defying the laws of gravity.
Miraculously, he catches up to the boat.
Thus, he must die, sinking back into a void…
…while ghost ships linger on in the distance…
…carrying another hopeless romantic, and a moving corpse—A second Nosferatu
The moon is absent in Murnau’s earlier film, made nearly ten years before Tabu
, but it is in the one he made nearly five years after Nosferatu
, when George O’Brien leaves his wife for a midnight rendezvous with another woman.