If Nanook of the North is not the faithful documentary of contemporary Inuk culture, what is Nanook then? Its reconstitutions of traditions, already invaded by western civilization by the 1920s, reach to a past beyond cinema. And even if Nanook, the character, never truly existed, the face known as Allakariallak is still very much real, he lives on in the walls of projection rooms, safe from the cold wind of time.
Troublingly seductive for a non-native audience ~ indeed, knowingly so with all the cute and cosy imagery... but then again, it is wonderful to be given a capsule of a time & space and a group of humans Flaherty clearly had genuine admiration for, albeit an admiration blinkered by paternalism. Who are we to deny Allakariallak his involvement? And it must be one of the only silent films kids today could still enjoy...
A beautiful film inviting you into the life of a Inuit family. Flaherty shows the viewer what its like to live a nomadic life trough extremely cold regions of Canada and the hard struggle to find food. But after all their troubles, these people are still happy. The fact that this film was made almost a century ago is still very impressive. And, now I know how to build an igloo. 3.5 stars.
Great early documentary, if a bit slow now and then. I personally have no problem with some of this being staged. Its like reading a Carlos Casteneda book and complaining Don Juan wasnt real. Its still an enjoyable experience. I would normally give 3 stars, because for me, it had a slow creakiness to it that some silents suffer from, but given the historical significance, I'll bump it up to 4. Must see film history.
Documental de aventura, de corte antropológico, aunque desde un punto de vista exótico. Curiosamente una de las partes más interesantes del filme tiene que ver con el prólogo de Flaherty sobre cómo se dio inicio a este descubrimiento del mundo de Nanuk. A raiz de sus palabras se devela la visión de un expedicionario. El director se convierte en cronista, descubridor aunque no conquistador. Es la fascinación filmada.