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TITLE: The Tiki Craze of Hollywood
Director: Sebastien Zulian

Genre: Film Documentary

Format: HD



Company: Wichita Films

Runtime: 52' minutes.

ID: 387.




Hawaii joined the United States in 1959 and became its 50th state. Hollywood was quick to discover the fabulous location and the native art of the Pacific which turned into a synthetic exotic world to reflect the optimism of the times. Thor Heyerdahl´s book “Kon-Tiki” became a world best-seller, Tiki bars sprang up everywhere, the Mai Tai was the drink of the moment and interiors were decorated with rattan. The nudity of Hula girls was acceptable as they were considered natives and part of folklore. The craze started with SOUTH PACIFIC and Elvis Presley´s movies shot in Hawaii. Marlon Brando was so taken with the local charm that he bought an island in Polynesia and married the Tahitian actress of his MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY while Presley created a “jungle room” Tiki style at Graceland. Tiki had its moment between McCarthyism and the hippy culture. Around 1966 the Jimmy Hendrix generation superseded the Dean Martin generation. Katmandou replaced Hawaii and marihuana the exotic drinks. Filmmaker Sébastien Zulian got Sven Kristen, cameraman and author of many books on Tiki as well as Craig Detweiler, film teacher at Peperdine University, to explain the phenomenon and rounds off his documentary with clips from THE HURRICANE, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, SONG OF THE ISLAND, SOUTH PACIFIC, HIS MAJESTY O’KEEFE, BIKINI BEACH, PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE, BLUE HAWAII and LT. ROBINSON CRUSOE.