There are some very beautiful moments in the report: the passage through the Panama Canal, the sharing of goods and riches on Pitcairn Island, the sailor’s siesta, the sitting dance of two Polynesian women.
Reporting and camera : John Fernhout
Editing : Henri Storck
Music : Marcel Poot
Voice : Ben Danou
Recorded in the Pathé Studios in Joinville-le-Pont. Marconi system.
Production : CEP under the direction of Henri Storck
35mm/B and W/25’/1935
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Cap au Sud gives quick evaluations at several stopovers: Pitcairn Island founded by the mutineers of the Bounty; Moorea, one of the Society Islands; Fakarava Atoll; the paradise island of Hiva Oa, the retreat of Alain Gerbault, solo sailor, and burial place of Gauguin, and Honolulu where American civilisation will soon overthrow patriarchal simplicity.
Francis Bolen, Histoire authentique du cinéma belge, Ed. Mémo et codec, 1978
In 1934, Henri Storck founded his own company “Cinéma-Edition-Production” (CEP). One of his main aims was to produce commissioned films. Commissions soon flowed in. Storck produced a few documentaries personally, but declined the offer of a long cruise on board the training ship Mercator. He entrusted the filming to the former cameraman for Joris Ivens, John Fernhout, who Americanized his name to Ferno. He asked him to concentrate on the social context, the environment, the professions, the traditions and economic motivations that he felt it was important to observe. Fernhout brought back a considerable amount of film in 1935, which provided Storck with enough material to edit three extremely well-made short films that established the reputation of CEP.
Paul Davay, Cinéma de Belgique, Ed. Duculot, 1973
Harmonious images combined with a beautiful commentary spoken by Ben Danou, the presenter with the Golden Voice.