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Robert J. Flaherty United States, 1934

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Man of Aran

Robert "Nanook of the North" Flaherty drops the pure documentary pretense and mixes spontaneous nature with elements that are openly staged. But what does it say about cinema that while it's slightly less morally questionable than Nanook, it's also far less enchanting? It's a film made up of essentially 3 set-pieces, stretched to 75 minutes. But it's worth it for the photography and basking shark alone.