Hurricane The Movie
Last night I watched the Dino de Laurentiis film Hurricane, released in 1979. With memories of Katrina and the tsunami fresh in my mind, the closing scenes of storm waves crashing over the island were frighteningly realistic. The film is set in Pago Pago, American Samoa, but was entirely filmed on Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Consequently, the dancing and costumes are an odd mix of western and eastern Polynesian influences, with the Tahitian element dominating. The acting by Mia Farrow, who plays a young American painter, Dayton Ka'ne, her Polynesian lover, and Jason Robards, the island's tyrannical governor and Mia's father, is outstanding. The film itself is based on a novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, the Tahiti-based Americans who also wrote The Bounty Trilogy. Hurricane combines Polynesian traditions, colonial stupidity, and the power of nature brilliantly, and I recommend it.