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Nanook of the North

Directed by Robert J. Flaherty
United States, 1922
Documentary, Silent


Adventurer turned documentarian Robert Flaherty spent a year living with Inhuit hunters in the harsh conditions of Canada’s Hudson Bay, and emerged with an enchanting, controversial film that’s perhaps the father of all documentaries.

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Nanook of the North Directed by Robert J. Flaherty

Critics reviews

What is Nanook Of The North, exactly? An art film: a piece of participatory ethno-fiction, which tries to reconcile Flaherty’s vision of rugged beauty and of human struggle against a vast wilderness with the traditions of his collaborators’ ancestors. It’s an attempt to recreate a recently vanished past within a more or less real space.
June 03, 2015
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The prospector with a camera and the beaming huntsman, working things out in the “illimitable spaces” of the end of the world… Flaherty’s great achievement is not documentary objectivity but something else, a sort of reconstructed rawness that illuminates the human struggles and explorations on both sides of the lenses.
January 01, 2010
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